This concert is free and open to the public.
Japanese pianist Rie Tanaka is a prize winner of international and national competitions in Japan and the U.S. She had won West Central MTNA Young Artist Competition (Winner), Schubert Club Scholarship Competition (1st Prize), Chautauqua International Piano Competition (Finalist, Best Performance of Commissioned Piece Award), Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition (1st Prize), 8th Rosenstock International Piano Competition (Jury Special Award), Kyoto Piano Concours (Bronze), and more.
As an active soloist and a collaborative pianist, Tanaka frequently performs in the Twin Cities and Central Wisconsin. She has appeared in venues such as NHK Osaka hall, Phoenix hall in Osaka, Japan, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra center, Sundin Hall, in St. Paul, MN.
Tanaka received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where she studied under Raffi Besalyan. She received a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and continued her stay to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the guidance of Alexander Braginsky.
Tanaka is a piano instructor at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. She is a frequent guest artist for the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Green Lake Chamber Music Camp, and Minnesota International Piano Camp.
Lindsay Schlemmer is an active freelance cellist and teacher in the Minneapolis Metro Area. As Principal cellist of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, she enjoys supporting their mission of educational outreach and building community along with performing great orchestral works. Lindsay is one of the founding members of the Meadowlark String Quartet. The Meadowlark Quartet performs both in the Twin-Cities as well as in Southwest Minnesota through both traditional chamber music concerts and educational classroom concerts. Lindsay serves as both the executive director and cello faculty at the Southwest Minnesota String Festival which takes place each summer at Southwest Minnesota State University.
In addition to teaching out of her home studio in South Minneapolis, Lindsay is also the Adjunct Cello Professor at Southwest Minnesota State University. She loves teaching students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds because she is amazed by the diversity of how each person learns, is motivated, and inspired by music.
Lindsay has been studying cello for seventeen years, and will begin her doctoral studies in the fall of 2015 with the Berneking Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She has had the privilege to study her passion with many inspirational teachers. Lindsay earned her Master's in cello performance at the University of Minnesota in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Tanya Remenikova. At Illinois Wesleyan University, she earned her Bachelor of Music while studying with Dr. Nina Gordon. During her time at Wesleyan, Lindsay spent a semester studying music in Vienna Austria where she took lessons from cellist Joseph Luitz. Lindsay also had the privilege to perform in a chamber music festival and tour in Bulgaria. Before college, Lindsay studied with Dr. Ben Smith and Elise Kuutti in Duluth where she was first introduced to the vibrant world of music at an early age by her parents.