Ohio Wesleyan University music faculty Mariko Kaneda, piano, and David Niwa, violin, who form The Rodin Duo, will perform a free concert at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 11 in Jemison Auditorium inside OWU’s Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St.
The husband-and-wife duo will perform Mozart’s “Adagio in E Major,” K. 261; Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata,” Opus 47; Phillipe Gaubert’s “Fantasie,” and selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” arranged by Jascha Heifetz.
“This program is a combination of pieces from my youth, some that I’ve always wanted to play, and another that we’ve recently and happily discovered,” said Niwa, a part-time music instructor at OWU. “We hope that it highlights our musicianship both as individuals and as a duo, but more importantly that it enraptures the audience with the brilliance of these composers.”
Niwa also serves as assistant concertmaster for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and as artistic director for Sunday at Central, a nonprofit chamber music recital series. Niwa has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has been featured in recitals with the Sunday at Central series and at the Corcoran Gallery and the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, both in Washington, D.C.
Kaneda, a part-time assistant professor at OWU, has won prizes at the Montreal International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, and the European Piano Competition in Luxembourg. She was admitted to study at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris when she was 15. The couple formed The Rodin Duo in Banff, Alberta, in 1989, and have performed together in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Japan and the Netherlands.