Kiyoshi Tamagawa

Professor of Music

Areas of expertise
Piano, Music Theory, Chamber Music and Collaborative Performance


KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA, Professor of Music, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, and in England and Asia. His nine-year collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in over thirty recitals and a CD of violin and piano music, "Witches' Brew." Among other venues, they appeared at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, where he was called an "excellent" pianist, and in a solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. Among other artists with whom he has collaborated are members of the Shanghai String Quartet, violinists Mark Peskanov and Frank Huang (concertmaster of the Houston Symphony), cellists André Emelianoff and Hai-Ye Ni (principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and vocalists Julianne Baird, Weston Hurt, Patricia Prunty and Emily Pulley. His recent performances include an appearance with New York Philharmonic members Evangeline Benedetti, cellist and Stanley Drucker, clarinetist, on the Philharmonic Ensembles series in New York; a Tokyo recital with violinist Ayako Yonetani; and two performances of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with the Temple (TX) Symphony. In March 2012 he presented a session on chamber music pedagogy at the Music Teachers National Association convention in New York City. In the spring of 2013 he appeared with the Austin Symphony accompanying Ballet Austin, and presented a recital with SU faculty cellist Hai Zheng at the Wilmette Public Library, Greater Chicago area. He is the recipient of the 2013 Collegiate Teacher of the Year award from the Texas Music Teachers' Association. (Photo credits: above, Christian Steiner; above right, Peter Norby)




M. Mus. 1983, Yale University School of Music
B. Mus. 1980, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
D.M.A., 1988, The University of Texas at Austin


Professor of Music
Southwestern University
September 01, 1992 - present

Specialist in Piano Pedagogy
The University of Texas at Austin
September 01, 1988 - December 01, 1992

Musical Staff
Austin Lyric Opera
September 01, 1991 - May 01, 1992

Teaching Philosophy

A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his [or her] own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.  --Author unknown..... In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.  --Jacques Barzun..... To teach is to learn twice.  --Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842..... A cross-eyed teacher can keep twice the number of children in order than any other, because the pupils do not know who he's looking at.  --Four Hundred Laughs, compiled and edited by John R. Kemble, 1902..... with thanks to:

Previous Courses

Fundamentals of Music Theory, Music Theory I, First-Year Seminar: Women in Country Music


Special performance interests include: the music of Bach and Beethoven; music for violin and piano; music for cello and piano; chamber music. Research interests include: Claude Debussy and the Javanese gamelan; the concept of "authenticity" as applied to Baroque string music; teaching contrapuntal playing at the keyboard; teaching chamber music to younger students.


  • "From AMB to WTC: Teaching the Basics of Contrapuntal Playing at the Keyboard," American Music Teacher, August/September 2011
  • "The Violin Sonatas of G.F. Handel: Clarifying the Confusion and Controversy," American String Teacher, November 2001
  • "Practical Advice for the University Job Applicant in Applied Music," American Music Teacher, March/April 1998
  • "Suzuki on the Internet," American Suzuki Journal, Winter 1997
  • "How do you prepare a student to be a college music major?" Keyboard [now Clavier] Companion, Summer 1995


Recent performances:

  • Faculty recital, Southwestern University, September 2013. The program was also performed at Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX; Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; and Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. Video excerpts: Mozart Adagio K. 540; Schubert Sonata in D major, D. 850; Barber Piano Sonata, Op. 26
  • Concert with Hai Zheng, cellist, Wilmette Public Library, greater Chicago area, Illinois, March 2013
  • Soloist with Austin Symphony in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, accompanying Ballet Austin in Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante," February 2013
  • Mary Rohe Classical Series, Cailloux Theater, Kerrville, TX, September 2012, with Southwestern music faculty. Video excerpt: Mozart/Hummel Piano Concerto in D minor, Rondo.
  • Georgetown Festival of the Arts, May 31-June 2, 2012: Une fête française.
  • Faculty recital, Southwestern University, January 2012. Video excerpt: Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata, first movement  Program also performed at California State University/Fullerton, October 2011 and University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire, February 2012 Video excerpt: "Waldstein" Sonata, second and third movements (UW/Eau Claire performance)
  • Guest soloist, Temple (TX) Symphony Orchestra, Temple and Georgetown, TX, September 2011
  • Recital appearance with Hai Zheng, Cellofest, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, March 2011
  • Recital with Ayako Yonetani, violinist (faculty member, University of Central Florida), Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan, November 2010. The program was previewed at Southwestern. Video excerpts from the SU performance: Chopin Andante, Chopin Polonaise
  • Solo recitals, Baylor University, East Texas Baptist University, September 2010 Video excerpt of ETBU recital
  • Concert tour of Asia: Xiamen, China and Taipei, Taiwan with Hai Zheng, Southwestern University faculty cellist, March 2009 Video excerpt of Xiamen concert
  • Recitals with Richard Lohmann, violin and piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven (a three-concert series encompassing all ten sonatas), Santa Fe, NM, October 2008, March 2008, March 2009
  • Guest pianist, New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, January 2009; performed Clarinet Trio, Op. 29 by Vincent d'Indy with Evangeline Benedetti, cellist and Stanley Drucker, clarinetist
  • Concert tour of Asia: Macau, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, with Hai Zheng, Southwestern University faculty cellist, March 2008
  • Recital with Evangeline Benedetti, cellist, Serena Benedetti, soprano, and Stanley Drucker, clarinetist, MidAmerica Productions Chamber Music Series, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 2007. Reviewed in the New York Sun

Creative Works


  • Violin Music of the 20th Century, with Dona Lee Croft, violinist: Schnittke Sonata No. 1, 2007
  • Southwestern University Chamber Soloists, music of Bartók, Brahms, Poulenc and Shen: producer, 1999. Available from the Southwestern University Dept. of Music
  • "Rhapsodie" with Hai Zheng, cellist, music of Beethoven, Kodaly, Schumann, Tcherepnin, Martinu, Shapleigh: Amatius Classics, 1998
  • "Witches' Brew" with Eugene Fodor, violinist, music of Brahms, Kreisler, Massenet, Paganini, Ravel and Wieniawski: Clarity Records CCD-1017, 1997, reviewed in The Strad and Strings magazines
  • "Debussy, Ravel, Bax," assisting artist with Meisenbach-Golden duo (flute and harp): Centaur Records CRC 2114, 1992
  • with Alejandro Mendoza, violinist, sonatas of Franck and Saint-Saens: Jericho Records 6319-0, 1990

Seminars & Presentations

  • "The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah: A Particular Kind of Community Engagement," paper presentation, College Music Society national conference, Cambridge, MA, October 31-November 2, 2013
  • "Playing Together: Chamber Music Repertoire for Beginning and Intermediate-level Pianists," presentation, Music Teachers' National Association convention, New York City, March 2012. A summary of Dr. Tamagawa's presentation is available here.
  • "Fabricating the Past: Baroque string arrangements and original string compositions in Baroque style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries," presentation, College Music Society South Central Regional Chapter Conference, U. of Arkansas/Little Rock, March 2011
  • "From AMB to WTC: Basics of Contrapuntal Playing on the Keyboard," presentation, Texas Music Teachers' Association state convention, Houston, June 2008
  • "Formal Influences on the Composition of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor," presentation, College Music Society South Central Regional Conference, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AK, March 2004
  • "The Violin and Keyboard Sonatas of G. F. Handel: A Modern Approach to Study and Performance," presentation, Texas Music Educators' Association Convention, San Antonio, February 2005; also presented at American String Teachers' Association/National School Orchestra Association Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, March 2003

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 Collegiate Teacher of the Year, Texas Music Teachers' Association


Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1356 (office)
Office: Fine Arts 149

Personal Links

Zheng/Tamagawa duo in recital
Kiyoshi Tamagawa performs Chopin's Grande Polonaise Brillante