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

Namekawa breathes this music… -> Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Review

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.   CREATIVE MADNESS Excerpts of a superb review of Maki Namekawa’s recital… Read More »Namekawa breathes this music… -> Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Review

NYTimes 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 »NYTimes Review

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

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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.


Deutsche Schallplattenkritik

Isang Yun | Sunrise Falling is on the longlist of “Deutsche Schallplattenkritik”. 155 music-critics nominated 276 new releases in 32 categories of the last three months. The shortlist will be reveales on Feburary, 15th.

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Radio Feature by Helmut Jasbar

Austrian composer and journalist Helmut Jasbar featured Maki in his radio show on the 21st of November. Listen online until the 28th of November.  

Maki Namekawa plays Mishima by Philip Glass

GLASS Motion Picture & MISHIMA | Review from Gramophone UK

Namekawa’s excellent performance, combining both terraced dynamics and a kind of ‘terraced articulation’, stems from previous work on Glass’s set of 20 Piano Études. Her ability to shape, pace and project the composer’s music is most impressive during the more extended tracks, where she keeps all three elements superbly in check. On the surface there’s not a lot to distinguish between these two discs. Both feature film music by Philip… Read More »GLASS Motion Picture & MISHIMA | Review from Gramophone UK

Namekawa / Davies | Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies at Bruckner University Linz

Auf zwei Klavieren virtuos tanzen | Oberösterreichische Nachrichten vom 23. Okt. 2018

Schon zur Zeit Mozarts war es Usus, große Symphonien für kleinere Besetzungen zu bearbeiten. So auch für Klavier, wobei mehr Spielraum zwei Klaviere erlauben, die Maki Namekawa und Dennis Russell Davies bei ihrem Recital anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags von Leonard Bernstein am Sonntag im Großen Saal der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität gehörig zum Klingen brachten. Bernstein pur Maki Namekawa und Dennis Russell Davies gelingt das Kunststück, die pianistische Analyse so zu… Read More »Auf zwei Klavieren virtuos tanzen | Oberösterreichische Nachrichten vom 23. Okt. 2018