An international artist, KATSURA MIZUMOTO is an active soloist performing in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia. She has appeared with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Stadttheater Giessen and at a variety of music festivals including the International Piano Academy Freiburg, International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog, Kronberg Academy Festival,Kishiwada Castle Music Festivaland the Enghien International Musical Encounters.Her live performances have been broadcasted by Radio Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Radio Sud West Deutsch, Fernsehen Deutsch Berlinand Radio Klara. Katsura is also a regular guest with the Alban Berg Quartet, Mandelring Quartet and has accompanied soloists Charles Neidich, Christian Altenburger and Michael Sanderling, among many other eminent figures. A prize winner of the most renowned European piano competitions, Katsura has been awarded by the A.M.A. Calabria International Piano Competition in Italy, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Piano Competition in Germany, Emmanuel Durlet International Piano Competition in Belgium and the Long-Thibaud-Crespin International Piano Competition in France. After receiving an Economics Degree from the Hokkaido University in Japan, Ms. Mizumoto moved to Germany to pursue a career in music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main where she received the ‘Highest Distinction’ for her B.M., M.M. and Soloist’s Diploma. From 2002-2009, Katsura taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and is now Assistant Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
Native Houstonian TIMOTHY HESTER is Professor of Piano at the Moores School of Music and serves as Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. Named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2003 as presented by the Moores Society, Mr. Hester has worked with internationally known vocalists and instrumentalists. He has also taught Opera Studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and is currently faculty at the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Mr. Hester has appeared in venues worldwide, including Britain, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Colombia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. He has been a regular performing faculty member of the Schlern International Music Festival in Northern Italy. In the United States, he has performed on the NYC Bargemusic Series, the Ojai Festival in California, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival in Utah, the Texas Music Festival, and the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma as well as performing with Da Camera, and the KUHF Chamber players. Mr. Hester graduated from The Juilliard School as a student of the renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus. He was previously a pupil of the late Professor Emeritus of the University of Houston, Albert Hirsh.
NATHANIEL RENDON is a composer, producer, and recording engineer who owns and operates the audio production company Cosmic Furnace Productions in Austin, TX. He has worked with numerous film makers, radio stations, advertisement agencies, and musicians to create various kinds of media. He has also worked in collaboration with film composer Brian Satterwhite. Mr. Rendon received two Bachelor Degrees from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Film Scoring and Electronic Production and Design.