Their fans include Kirk Douglas, Joan Fontaine, Lauren Bacall, Hayley Mills…as well as King Don Juan Carlos of Spain, former President of France Jacques Chirac and the governors of New York and New Jersey. On Fri Nov 21 at 7:30p, Mimi, Sakiko and Harumi — The Furuya Sisters, a piano trio of Julliard graduates — will perform in the Carnegie-Farian Room of the Nyack Library in the Carnegie Concert Series.
The Furuya Sisters will perform Mozart’s Piano Trio in C Major KV 548, the Kreisler’s Miniature Viennese March and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Opus 49. Special student tickets at discounted prices are available for this performance at CarnegieConcerts.org.
Cellist Mimi Furuya has performed widely and received numerous awards for her playing. She started cello studies at age 7, and an year later gave a phenomenal debut as soloist with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, receiving outstanding reviews. She has performed at Chopin’s House (Valldemosa, Spain), The United Nations (NY), Partika Saal (Düsseldorf, Germany), Kilbourn Hall (Rochester, NY), De Lamar Mansion (NY), Lincoln Center’s C. Michael Paul Hall and Alice Tully Hall, among others.
Ever since her recital debut in California at age 8, Pianist Sakiko Furuya has delighted audiences with her virtuosity. She has performed extensively in the US and Europe at such locales as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, C. Michael Paul Hall and Morse Recital Hall, The United Nations (NY), Merkin Concert Hall (NY), Chopin’s House (Valldemosa, Spain), Wiener Saal and Lehrerhaus (Austria), Chopin Kosciuszko Foundation (NY), Lehman Hall at Harvard University, Kilbourn Hall (Rochester, NY), Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium, De Lamar Mansion (NY), and Steinway Hall.
Violinist Harumi Furuya began violin studies at the age of 2. Upon graduating from The Juilliard School Pre-College, she received A.B. with highest honors in History from Harvard University, M.Phil in European Studies from University of Cambridge where she was Harvard’s Paul Williams Scholar at John Harvard’s alma mater Emmanuel College, and PhD in Government from Harvard University. She also studied at the Sciences Po Paris, and holds a Certificat Pratique de Français Commercial et Economique and Diplôme Supérieur de Français des Affaires from the Chambre de Commerce de Paris. She pursued violin studies in Boston, London, Paris, and Berlin alongside her academic studies at Harvard, Cambridge, Sciences Po Paris, and Humboldt University. She has made solo, chamber, vocal, and orchestral appearances at Carnegie Hall, Paul Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, Dvorak Hall in Prague, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Royal British Legion in Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey in London. Her compositions have been performed several times at Paul Hall at Juilliard.
Mimi, Sakiko & Harumi Furuya are the great granddaughters of historian Taira Shidehara, the elder brother of Prime Minister Baron Kijuro Shidehara who was responsible for Article 9 (Peace Clause) of the Japanese Constitution.