Chiharu Naruse, Piano
Chiharu Naruse holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Instruction from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, she studied piano under Klaus Bäßler and Lied Accompaniment under Wolfram Riegar.
Chiharu has performed throughout the world in recitals and piano competitions, including a piano concert to benefit Amnesty International in Germany, the Hyogo Piano Competition in Japan (silver prize), the Clara Haskil piano competition in Switzerland, the Pescara Academie Piano Competition in Italy, and the International Mozart Wettbewerb in Salzburg Austria.
In the spring of 2002, she moved to the United States to study under Frank Glazer. Since her arrival, Naruse has given several recitals at Bates College and Bowdoin College. She has also collaborated with the Portland String Quartet, the DaPonte String Quartet and Frank Glazer. She has performed Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466, and the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Augusta Symphony and toured with the Maine Pro Musica Ensemble under conductor Janna Hymes, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In addition, Chiharu appeared as a featured artist at the Ocean Park Music Festival and the Franco-American Heritage Center.
During the 2012-13 seasons she performed all 10 of Beethoven’s Sonatas for violin and piano with violinist Dean Stein at Bates College. In 2014, she was invited to perform at the Parma Music Festival. Her solo performance was selected to be one of the tracks on a CD, released in June 2015, capturing the highlights from the three-day long musical festival. This recording is now available on iTunes and Spotify.
In addition to maintaining a regular performance schedule, Chiharu is also a well-respected music teacher, chamber music coach, music competition adjudicator and accompanist, with many of her students receiving competition prizes. She currently is a member of the applied music faculty at Bates College as well as a faculty member at the Portland Conservatory of Music.