Areas of Expertise

Piano, Music Theory, Chamber Music and Collaborative Performance


KIYOSHI TAMAGAWA, Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts from 2014 to 2017, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, as well as Europe and Asia. His collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in over thirty recitals and a CD of violin and piano music, “Witches’ Brew.” He has appeared with the Temple Symphony Orchestra as soloist in concertos by Mozart and Rachmaninoff, and also performed with orchestras in New England and Colorado. Recent orchestra appearances have been with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503 by Mozart, and with the Oahu Civic Orchestra, Honolulu, HI. In spring 2017 he will perform as soloist again with the OCO in Honolulu. In 2015 he completed a tour of Asia and a CD recording with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng. He has presented sessions at national conferences of the American String Teachers’ Association, College Music Society, and the Music Teachers’ National Association, as well as state and regional conferences, including the Texas Music Educators’ Association, Texas Music Teachers’ Association, and the College Music Society, South Central Chapter. His writings on musical topics have been published in American Music Teacher, American String Teacher, American Suzuki Journal and Keyboard (now Clavier) Companion. He is the 2013 recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association, and the 2016 Third Prize Winner of the American Prize Lorin Hollander Piano Concerto Award competition. (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

Associate Dean for Sarofim School of Fine Arts
Southwestern University
September 01, 2014 - May 06, 2017

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, Pensees, 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, Special Topic: Aspects of Late Nineteenth-Century Harmony, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy, First-Year Seminar


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.


  • “Chopsticks, Golliwogs and Wigwams: The Need for Cultural Awareness in Piano Teaching Materials and Repertoire,” American Music Teacher, October/November 2017
  • “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:

  • Featured artist and presenter, Oregon Music Teachers’ Association annual conference, Lincoln City, OR, July 2017
  • Soloist with Temple Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E-flat major, K. 482, April-May 2016. Video of concert at Temple College.
  • Performances of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Georgetown Public Library, January 2016; Belmont University, Nashville, March 2016
  • Soloist with Oahu Civic Orchestra in Chopin’s Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22, Honolulu, HI, April 2015
  • Tour of Asia with Hai Zheng, cellist. Concerts in Bangkok and Hua Hin, Thailand; at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore; and at Chinese Conservatory, Beijing, China, March 2015
  • Soloist with Austin Symphony in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503, November 2014
  • Faculty recital, Southwestern University, September 2014. The program was also performed at Temple College. Video excerpt from Southwestern performance.
  • 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 fete francaise. Performances of sonatas by Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel, and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor.
  • 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



  • Violin Music of the 20th Century, with Dona Lee Croft, violinist: Schnittke Sonata No. 1, 2007
  • Southwestern University Chamber Soloists, music of Bartok, 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


  • “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, AR, 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 and Awards

  • 2013 Collegiate Teacher of the Year, Texas Music Teachers’ Association
  • Third Prize, 2016 The American Prize Lorin Hollander Piano Concerto Award