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May 10, 2006

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*Well-Known Canadian pianist appointed to BU School Of Music*

BRANDON, MB – Dr. Glen Carruthers, Dean of the School of Music, Brandon University, announced this week the appointment of Canadian pianist Megumi Masaki to the full-time teaching faculty.

"This is a key appointment for us," says Carruthers. "Meg Masaki’s accomplishments as a pianist, teacher, musicologist and administrator are outstanding. Our students and faculty were so enthusiastic after her audition here that I’m absolutely delighted to be making this appointment. Our piano faculty has always been very strong and I’m now assured this tradition of excellence will continue."

Masaki obtained a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, under Ronald Turini and Jack Behrens, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from the Royal College of Music in London, England, under Kendall Taylor. She has performed extensively since 1985 across North America and around the world, including China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan. She has given master classes in Europe, North America and Asia and is currently artistic director of the ESF Orchestra in Germany, where she has conducted opera and symphonic concerts. Masaki co-founded the Waterford Summer Music Festival in Utah where she has been artistic and programming director for the past seven years. Her 1993 CD "Megumi Masaki plays Eckhardt-Gramatté" has been followed by other CDs and DVDs, as well as by broadcasts for regional and national CBC radio. Her collaboration with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Soloists led to concert throughout Germany, and she is artistic director and founder of the International Virtuosi Chamber Music Series in Frankfurt.

Masaki is also a PhD candidate in musicology at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Her doctoral thesis is entitled "The Life and Works of S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté" and her research projects on Eckhardt-Gramatté’s music will not only complement the past research of members of the School of Music, such as Glen Carruthers who completed the first comprehensive study of the composer’s life and works in the 1980s and Lorne Watson, who has documented the E-Gré Piano Technique, but will strengthen the strong commitment Brandon University maintains to advance the music of Eckhardt-Gramatté. Masaki produced a critical performing edition of Eckhardt-Gramatte’s Piano Caprices that was published by Brandon University Press in 1996. A revised second edition was published in 2006. Masaki was also researcher/performer for the film documentary "Appassionata: the Extraordinary Life and Music of S. C. Eckhardt-Gramatté" prepared by Buffalo Gals Film Production for the CBC "Opening Night" program.

Masaki, who has taught for many years in Europe, returns to Canada to assume her position at Brandon University August 1.

For more information, please contact:

Brandon University School of Music
Phone: (204) 727-7388

Kelly Stifora
Communications Officer
Brandon University
Phone: (204) 727-9762

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