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Les Dimanches Musicaux: Alexander Kato-Willis, Piano

Alexander Kato-Willis has toured as a soloist to high acclaim across Europe, the United States, and Japan. Radio France Internationale called his Paris debut "radically refreshing," and National Public Radio dubbed his music "an inspiration." The Chunichi Shinbun referred to his technical ability as "transcendental." His recitals have been broadcast nationally on television in Japan, and he has been invited to perform by the Cultural Attaché of Finland. Kato-Willis has made appearances with personages such as Tom Brokaw and given recitals alongside musicians the likes of DGG recording artist, José María Gallardo del Rey. He has composed the score of the film Thanks to Your Noble Shadow (currently in postproduction), a documentary detailing the life of the last Irish missionary nun in Japan. His compositions have been performed by former vocalists of the Metropolitan Opera and have been featured in the magazine International Piano. At the age of seven, Kato-Willis gave his first solo improvisation performance. At the University of Southern California, he studied piano under the internationally renowned pianist Daniel Pollack and studied composition with Morten Lauridsen, recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Arts. Kato-Willis was awarded Highest Distinction for both his doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Southern California.

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