Dr. Jasmin Arakawa
Assistant Professor of Music
A charismatic and versatile pianist, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North
America, Central and South America, Europe, and Japan. Described by critics as a “lyrical”
pianist with “impeccable technique” (The Record), she has been heard in prestigious
venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau (Paris) and Victoria Hall (Geneva).
She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symphony Orchestra in Amsterdam,
and with the Piracicaba Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. Other highlights of recent seasons
have included guest artist appearances at the Toronto Summer festival, Ribadeo International
Music Festival (Spain), Bicentenaire CHOPIN (Switzerland), Scotiabank Northern Lights
Music Festival (Mexico), Fazioli Piano Pure Series (Chicago) and Distinguished Concerts
International (New York.)
Jasmin’s interest in Spanish repertoire grew out of a series of lessons with Alicia de Larrocha in 2004. She has subsequently recorded solo and chamber pieces by Spanish and Latin American composers (LAMC Record), under the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy as a prizewinner at the Latin American Music Competition. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with such artists as cellists Colin Carr and Gary Hoffman, flutists Jean Ferrandis and Marina Piccinini, clarinetist James Campbell, and the Penderecki Quartet. A founding member of Trio Micheletti, she has toured extensively and recorded chamber works by Latin American composers.
Prior to her appointment at the University of South Alabama, Jasmin held the position of Associate Instructor at Indiana University and Accompanying Coordinator at Western Illinois University. She is also a faculty artist at Piracicaba International Summer Festival (Brazil) and Silicon Valley Music Festival (San Jose, CA). Born in Japan, Jasmin is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, where she studied with Shigeru Maruyama and Katsumi Ueda. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, the last protégé of Nadia Boulanger.