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LES ARTS GEORGE V : A FOUNDATION DEDICATED TO BRINGING QUALITY CULTURAL EVENT TO THE AMERICAN CATHEDRAL IN PARIS – PERFORMING TODAY, ALEXANDER KATO – WILLIS, PIANO.

Les Arts George V (LAGV) is dedicated to bringing professional quality cultural events to The American Cathedral in Paris for the benefit of parishioners and the greater Paris community.

Proceeds from events and donations are used for the benefit of the music program of the Cathedral.

The American Cathedral in Paris, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, is one of the oldest English-speaking churches in Paris.

Alexander Kato-Willis – Piano

Les Dimanches Musicaux
Date: 04 June 2017 15:00Place: American Cathedral in Paris  |  City: Paris, France

Alexander Kato-Willis has toured as a soloist to high acclaim across Europe, the United States, and Japan. Radio France Internationale called his Paris debut « radically refreshing, »​ and National Public Radio dubbed his music « an inspiration. » The Chunichi Shinbun referred to his technical ability as « transcendental. » His recitals have been broadcast nationally on television in Japan, and he has been invited to perform by the Cultural Attaché of Finland. Kato-Willis has made appearances with personages such as Tom Brokaw and given recitals alongside musicians the likes of DGG recording artist, José María Gallardo del Rey. He has composed the score of the film Thanks to Your Noble Shadow (currently in postproduction), a documentary detailing the life of the last Irish missionary nun in Japan. His compositions have been performed by former vocalists of the Metropolitan Opera and have been featured in the magazine International Piano. At the age of seven, Kato-Willis gave his first solo improvisation performance. At the University of Southern California, he studied piano under the internationally renowned pianist Daniel Pollack and studied composition with Morten Lauridsen, recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Arts. Kato-Willis was awarded Highest Distinction for both his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California.

Classical improvisation is the act of simultaneously creating and
performing a piece of music. There is no aspect of the piece,
including the piece’s structure that is planned in advance. The piece
is formed from what is perceived from the audience. This practice was
common in Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven’s time, and, in fact, those
three composers were famous during their lifetimes more for their
improvisational skill than for their compositions. However, this
ability has become a rarity today. It is the form through which music
has been expressed for most of music’s existence.

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