The Festival for Young Musicians and Dancers

Dr. Pierce Emata - piano

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Presently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pierce Kagari Emata has presented his popular Concerts & Conversation (TM) series throughout the western and Midwestern U.S., in addition to orchestral appearances. He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Piano Performance at Indiana University, coaching with notable concert artists such as Alfonso Montecino, John Ogdon, and Gyorgy Sebok. In addition he has coached with John Simms and Istvan Nadas. He appeared twice in the "Sunday Afternoon at Cantigny" series and the nationally broadcast Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, both in Chicago. His performances have also been broadcast over NPR affiliate stations in Washington, Nevada Public Radio, and South Dakota Public Radio.

Featured in the 2010 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, Mr. Emata is also active as a teacher, adjudicator, and has served as an advisory panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission.  He is on the summer piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. From 2006-2008 he served as the state president of the Nevada Music Teachers Association, and has also served on the jury for the Music Teachers National Association's Southwest Division piano competition. Mr. Emata is presently working on a CD scheduled to be released in September 2010, featuring the recording world premiere of American composer Michael Colina's Sestina Mutations.


As we celebrate our 75th Diamond Anniversary in 2020 we are aiming to make it the best festival yet! We are always in need of sponsors, donors and volunteers. If you have any skills or ideas you would like to present to us please feel free to get in touch!

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1305 N Napa
Spokane, WA 99202
Tel: +1 509-327-3455


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