Pianist, Minako Horimura
Minako Horimura was born in Sendai, Japan into a musical family. She began her musical training at the age of five at the Toho Gakuen School of Music for Children and at the age of thirteen, she won the Japan Piano Teacher’s Association Competition at the National Division. At the age of fifteen she was accepted with a full scholarship to study piano performance at Tokiwagi High School and graduated with highest honors. In 2001, she received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and studied with Emeritus Professor Chieko Okabayashi. Ms. Horimura received the Howard Hanson Scholarship to attend the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Professor Thomas Schumacher and received her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Literature. During her studies, she performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra as a featured pianist in Pittsburgh in 2002. As a chamber musician, she collaborated with renowned cellist, Nobuo Frukawa, the principle cellist at Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and member of NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, she was invited to perform the Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto
with the Miyagi University Orchestra in Sendai. She has had the opportunity to substitute for worldrenowned pianists, such as Andre Watts. Currently, Ms. Horimura is the accompanist at Foothill High
School in Tustin, California and a serves as studio accompanist at Chapman University. Additionally, she teaches piano at Opus 119 School of Music in Irvine, California.