NYT Review

New York Times, Nov, 20 2019, by Zachary Woolfe, Photo by Hiroyuki Ito   Review: Philip Glass, at 82, Unveils His First Piano Sonata Thousands of people took in the bronzed, glacial grandeur of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday evening. A couple of miles downtown, a far smaller group heard a very different Glass — lively and sly; intimate and changeable — as Maki Namekawa gave… Read More »NYT Review

ars electronica Festival 2019 | Music Monday | Press Review

Three very favourable reviews (in German) for the Namekawa/Davies concert as well as the Austrian Premiere of the Piano Sonata by Philip Glass.   Volksblatt, 11.09.2019 Namekawa Dialog mit Glass “Die Japanerin nach außen impulsiver, körperlich die Intensität ihres Spiels.Das Glass-typische Fließen, die “Wassermusik”, versehen mit halsbrecherischen Sprüngen, die nur mit der Virtuosität einer Namekawa zu bewältigen sind. Der Mittelteil intim, ein Auskosten der Stille auch, in schönen Bögen schwebt… Read More »ars electronica Festival 2019 | Music Monday | Press Review

Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass after the premiere of the Piano Sonata © Klavier-Festival Ruhr / Sven Lorenz

Namekawa breathes this music …

On July 4th, 2019 Maki Namekawa premiered the Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at Pianofestival Ruhr in the German town of Essen. The “Salzlager” in the “Zeche Zollverein” was sold out in anticipation of the first piano sonata by the great American composer. After the performance Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass received standing ovations by the exited audience. Malte Hemmerich of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “… this happenstance gives the… Read More »Namekawa breathes this music …

VIDEO: Rehearsing with Philip Glass

In June ’19 Maki spent a week in her home in New York to rehearse with Philip Glass for the premiere of his first Piano Sonata on July 4th at Klavierfestival Ruhr.


Pasticcio Award for Isang Yun | Sunrise Falling

The Ö1 “Pasticcio” award of the month June The Korean composer Isang Yun experienced an unimaginable period of torture and repression in the late 1960s, he was kidnapped by the South Korean government in Darmstadt and charged with no proof of espionage for North Korea and subsequently sentenced to death. His music was and is an up-to-date vision of an undivided country, the unity of North and South Korea, for… Read More »Pasticcio Award for Isang Yun | Sunrise Falling

Namekawa / Davies at Filharmonie Brno 23.3.2019_foto_Vojtěch_Kába

A Flypast of Musical Minimalism

Press Review by Brno Music Friendly City The piano recital by the chief conductor of the Filharmonie Brno Dennis Russell Davies and his wife the pianist Maki Namekawa yesterday in Besední dům offered three works by three significant figures from American minimalism. The concert included minimalist works by Steve Reich in the shape of Piano Phase, the composition Hallelujah Junction by John Adams and Four Movements for Two Pianos by… Read More »A Flypast of Musical Minimalism

Namekawa / Davies on Czeck TV

Namekawa / Davies

See this short report by Ceska televize about the duo concert on the 24th of March in Brno. → to the report

Apple Music A-List

On Apple Musics’ A-List

The Track Orphée from Namekawa/Davies’ new iTunes release “Three Pieces for four Hands” is on Apple Musics’ Classical A-List.