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KU percussion students win big at regional competition

Monday, April 2, 2012

LAWRENCE- KU percussion students took home top prizes from the recent Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy competition held on March 3, 2012, at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon, Missouri.

Kanako Chikami, a graduate student working towards a MM degree under the tutelage of Professor Ji Hye Jung, received first prize at Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy competition. Mai Tadokoro, a graduate percussion student studying for her DMA degree with Professor Jung, received third prize. There were a total of six winners, and the top two competitors of each division were critiqued in a master class led by guest artist Mark Ford.

Kanako Chikami began studying marimba at the age of three. She won first prize the Mid Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy 2012 and the Japan Percussion Society in Tokyo in 2008, second prize at the Kansai Percussion Society in Osaka in 2008, and special prize from the Mayor of Kobe in 2007. Kanako has participated and performed in master classes with Michael Burritt, Mark Ford, Colin Currie, Tom Freer, Momoko Kamiya, Steve Reich, Nancy Zeltsman and So Percussion. Kanako is also a passionate chamber musician. She has attended the So Percussion Summer Institute and Chosen Vale in 2011. She collaborated with electronic artist Dan Decon and performed the world premiere of Purse Hurdler at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. She earned her BM degree from Osaka College of Music in 2008.

Mai Tadokoro moved to the United States in 2002 from Japan. Mai is an active percussionist and educator in Kansas City, MO, Raymore, MO, and Lawrence, KS area. Tadokoro has performed as a principal percussionist with Fountain City Brass Band, played timpani with Kansas City Civic Orchestra and percussion with Northland Symphony Orchestra. Mai has also collaborated with Conspirare, a Grammy-nominated professional choir group in the Austin, TX area. As a solo performer, Tadokoro won first prize in the adult solo percussion division at the North America Brass Band Association Competition, second prize in the collegiate marimba division and third prize in the collegiate multiple percussion and drum set division of the Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy competition.

For more information about these events, please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

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