Luther College to host Violinist Hirono Borter and Pianist Kyoko Kaise

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Opening the 2017-18 guest recital series, Luther College welcomes Violinist Hirono Borter and Pianist Kyoko Kaise at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The duo will open the program with Sonata for violin and piano by Claude Debussy, followed by "Distance de Fée" by Toru Takemitsu, and will conclude the concert with "Haru no Umi" by Michio Miyagi and Piano Trio in A minor by Maurice Ravel.

Borter is an award-winning violinist who has performed as a soloist in seven countries over three continents. She has performed in master classes and festivals in Austria, France, Germany, Holland and Italy. Borter is a member of Duo-B, a violin and cello ensemble. With Duo-B, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center and Kleinhans Music Hall, among many other prestigious locations. Borter was one of the featured artists at the 2017 Iowa Composer's Forum. In addition, she's performed with cello soloist Jens Peter Maintz and as a part of Ensemble Modern performing music by Steve Reich. Borter will return to Luther next summer as a member of the Dorian Summer Music Camp strings faculty.

Borter began her music career when she was four by studying with violinist Keiko Izumi. She has studied with Berent Korfker, Gregory Feigin, Yoshio Unno and Zakhar Bron. She garnered a performance diploma from the Universität der Künste Berlin after studying at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She went on complete a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music in 2013 and has had chamber music coaching with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Borodin quartets.

Borter's violin is a 1770 Italian piece made by Pietro Antonio Landolfi, a prized instrument of the maker.

A native of Shizuoka, Japan, Kaise began piano lessons when she was five. Following lessons with Yoshie Nishijima, Setsuko Takahara and Akemi Shioya, Kaise studied at the Tokyo College of Music. In 2008, she garnered her postgraduate degree in piano performance. She later moved to Berlin, Germany, to study at the Berlin University of Fine Arts. In 2011, she completed her diploma degree with distinction, and in 2015 her Artist Diploma.

Kaise has won copious national and international competitions, among them: first place at the First Tokyo College of Music Competition in 2002; Semi-Gold Medal at the PTNA International Piano Competition in Japan in 2004; first prize at the First SEILER International Competition in Japan in 2005; first prize and special prizes at the 74th Music Competition of Japan in 2010; first prize at the 17th Arthur Schnabel Competition in Berlin in 2012; third prize at the 26th City of Porto International Music Competition in Porto, Portugal, in 2012; second prize at the 14th International Piano Competition "A. Scriabin" in Grosseto, Italy; and a semifinalist at the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition in Paris, France.

In the spring of 2017, Kaise became an assistant professor at the Tokyo College of Music. She serves as an ambassador to the town of Izunokuni and is a jury member for national music competitions in Japan.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Hirono Borter
Kyoto Kaise