JBU Music Department Presents Yumiko Oshima-Ryan in Concert

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 10, 2003) - The John Brown University music department will host pianist Yumiko Oshima-Ryan in concert on Thurs., Jan 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall of the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the campus of John Brown University. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Yumiko Oshima-Ryan was born in Tokyo, Japan and began playing the piano at the age of three. After graduating from Toho Music Academy in Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious music schools, she came to the United States to continue her studies. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1993 at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.

Yumiko’s awards include first prize at the Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist competition and second prize at the International Beethoven Piano Sonata competition. Her live performances include Tokyo (Sumida Triphony Hall), Kyoto (Kyoto International Conference Hall), Toronto, San Juan, Boston (New England Conservatory). She has also performed world premiers of new work by Japanese composers.

Yumiko is currently an assistant professor of music at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Yumiko’s concert program at JBU will include selections by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and Akira Miyoshi (Japanese contemporary).

For more information, contact the JBU music department at (479) 524-7154. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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