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Shoko Abe

Name: Shoko Abe
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Location: Chapel Hill, NC
United States 27514
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Additional Info: Dr. Shoko Abe is a deeply committed collaborative pianist. She completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Steven Harlos and Elvia Puccinelli. Her dissertation involved lesser known Argentine vocal repertoire. Previously, she studied at the Showa University of Music in Tokyo with On Mitani, completing Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance. Her Master’s thesis was on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Music, with an analysis of “The Seasons.” At Showa, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in music history and chamber music, and graduated with High Honors.
Shoko began to focus on chamber music while working on her Master’s degree. She played for Gérard Poulet’s chamber music master classes. She has participated in the Upbeat International Music Seminar in Hokkaido since 2008 where she worked with Cellist and UNT Professor Nikola Ruzevic. In 2014 she began working as a rehearsal pianist for the Musical Theater of Denton (MTD) and worked with a choir at Texas Woman’s University. Since 2014, she has played piano duos with her husband Robert Buxton. The duo is a top prize winner at the Salzburg–Mozart International Chamber Music Competition in 2015 in Tokyo. In 2016, they performed a concert at the Yamaha Ginza Hall in Tokyo, and had a Radio appearance in Kyoto. Shoko and Robert perform numerous concerts together, both in Japan and in the United States. As a collaborative pianist, Shoko worked with many singers and instrumentalists at the University of North Texas. Shoko has a large vocal and instrumental repertoire.
She was the organist at First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in Gainesville, TX from 2015-2017. She moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in June 2017 with her husband, and cat Max. Since then, she has accompanied VOICES, Cantari, and three UNC choirs: Chamber Singers, Carolina Choir, and Women’s Glee Club, . She now serves as the Director of Music at Hawfields Presbyterian Church in Mebane, NC.
Fees: $ 40.00 Dollars Per Hour
Instruments: Piano, Organ
Additional Specialisms: Instrumental Accompaniment, Vocal Accompaniment, Vocal Répétiteur, Musical Theatre
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