Friday, 18 December, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Keisuke Nakagoshi

Pianist-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Opera Parallele, Keisuke Nakagoshi is also one-half of the Grammy nominated ZOFO piano duet.



Robert Evett (1922-1975)

Dai Fujikura (1977-)
Spring and Asura (Akashi version)

George Crumb (1929-)
A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979
I. The Visitation
II. Berceuse for the Infant Jesus
III. The Shepherds’ Noël
IV. Adoration of the Magi
V. Nativity Dance
VI. Canticle of the Holy Night
VII. Carol of the Bells

Karen Tanaka (1961-)
Techno Etudes 

Adolphus Hailstork (1941-)
8 Variations on Shalom Chaverim

About the artist

Keisuke Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of ten, arriving in the United States from Japan at the age of 18. Mr. Nakagoshi earned his Bachelors degree in Composition and Masters degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music., where he studied composition with David Conte and piano with Paul Hersh. Graduating as the recipient of multiple top awards, Keisuke was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most young musicians from major conservatories across the United States.

Mr. Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has received training from some of the most celebrated musicians of our time – Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, Paul Hersh, David Zinman – and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Lucy Shelton, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, Robin Sutherland, Lev Polyakin, Axel Strauss, Mark Kosower, Gary Schocker and also conductors such as Alasdair Neale, George Daugherty, Nicole Paiement, Michael Tilson Thomas and Herbert Blomstedt. In 2014, he made a solo debut with San Francisco Symphony on Ingvar Lidholm’s Poesis with Herbert Blomstedt conducting.

In 2009, Keisuke and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann formed ZOFO, a piano duet team commissioning and performing music for piano four hands and their first CD was nominated for Grammy award for best chamber music/small ensemble in 2013. Mr. Nakagoshi is currently Pianist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and he serves as pianist in the production team for Opera Parallèle.