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Twenty-ninth Season Performers

Ayke Agus

Mark Carlson

Judith Farmer

Joshua Garcia
clarinet, bass clarinet

Gary Gray

Dawn Hamilton

Connie Kupka
violin, viola

Nicolina Logan

Edith Orloff

David Speltz


Roland Kato, viola

Described by the Los Angeles Times as "a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence," Roland Kato, internationally acclaimed viola recitalist and soloist, has been a member of LACO since 1976 and was appointed Principal Violist by Iona Brown in 1987. He has also held the principal position in many orchestras including the Music Center Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony, and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Kato plays chamber music with the Santa Clarita Chamber Players, Pacific Serenades, and other popular series in Los Angeles. As a guest artist, he recently was invited to play with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has appeared with the New York New Music Ensemble. He was honored to perform chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma in a concert benefiting cancer research. In November 2002, he and LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer gave the West Coast premiere of Benjamin Britten's double concerto in b minor for violin and viola.
Mr. Kato has appeared as soloist/recitalist on both viola and viola d'amore throughout the US and abroad with LACO, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Festival Internacional de Musica (Costa Rica), among many other festivals.
Mr. Kato produced the award-winning premiere recording of Telemann's Quatrieme Livre de Quatours, a collection of six chamber pieces on the Koch Classics International label performed by the period instrument ensemble American Baroque. This recording has just been re-released on the Music and Arts label. He has also recorded chamber music of Tania French released on the Centaur label, and composer Mark Carlson's Piano Quartet. The Carlson recording (The Hall of Mirrors) was awarded the Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Awards for 2001. Other chamber music recordings include those with Ransom Wilson and Marni Nixon.
As a commissioned arranger of music Mr. Kato has had his pieces played worldwide. His transcription of Prokofiev's Music for Children was recently given its New York premiere, and in Washington, D.C. his arrangement of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite was premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by the New Hampshire-based Apple Hill Chamber Players. It was given its European premiere in Ireland and has consequently been performed throughout Europe and the US by various ensembles.

Concerts featuring Roland Kato:
2014 Sense & Sensuality
2013 High Tide
2013 Vibrations
2012 Cross-pollination
2010 To youth! To wisdom!
2010 Mixed Up World
2010 Ode to imagination
2009 The world is our community
2009 Woven of many strands
2008 Dark woods and gleaming cities
2007 We all breath the same air
2006 Intersections
2006 chambermusic@ucla presents Encounters with Pacific Serenades
2005 "Such harmony is in immortal souls." -Shakespeare
2003 A glistening fountain of sounds
2000 Luminous Refractions of Soul
1999 A Romance with Rhapsody
1999 The Garden of Celestial Delights
1998 A Sensory Celebration
1998 Playful, Sparkling, Magical
1997 New Friends, Old Treasures
1997 Enchantment & Elegance
1996 Passion knows no country
1995 Carnegie Hall Recital
1995 Passion knows no country
1994 Untitled
1993 Untitled
1990 Untitled

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