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Kayo Nagai Wins the 2011 UVM Orchestra's Concerto Competition

Kayo Nagai Wins the 2011 UVM Orchestra's Concerto Competition


February 9, 2011

BURLINGTON — Freshman pianist Kayo Nagai was this year's winner of the University of Vermont Orchestra's Concerto Competition. She will perform the first movement, "Allegro molto moderato" of the Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg, with the orchestra on April 17, Paul Gambill conducting.

Pianist Kayo Nagai (class of 2015) was born in Japan and started to play piano at age 4, partly because her mother wanted her to sit still but mostly because she was passionate about music even then. In 2004 and 2006, she won prizes in the Piano Teachers Association Competition in Japan. In 2007, her family moved to Arlington, MA where she studied with Clara Slater at the New England Conservatory Preperatory Division. She was a 2nd place winner in the 2009 New England Piano Teachers Competition, also won the A. Ramon Rivera award, and played in a master class for Ya-Fei Chuang.

Kayo is an Honors College student at UVM, with a double major in biology and music. She currently studies piano with Paul Orgel.

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