Meet the Performers
Hikaru Arthur Motoyama began studying classical violin under Maria Benotti at age 6 and has since played in various orchestras (such as the Boston Youth Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, participating in three international tours with the latter) and chamber groups for events such as the Boston Charity Concert series. He has also studied classical piano under Akiko Tsukamoto, independently music directed and bandled several theater productions, and has worked in leadership for multiple vocal ensembles.
He is currently studying Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College, and arranging and recording for various musicians on campus.
Kenichiro (Ken) Takeoka is currently a first-year undergraduate in the United States. He studied violin for around 11 years. He also began studying classical piano at age 5 and continues his studies in the present. In the past, Ken has received the “Boston Charity Concert 5th Performance Award” from the Boston Charity Concert Series, and he has made a total of 10 performances in the Series with various chamber groups as a pianist and a violinist.
Hikaru Arthur Motoyama and Kenichiro Takeoka grew up in the same school district studying classical piano and violin repertoire. Though friends since early childhood, their musical collaborations have been saved almost exclusively for the Boston Charity Concert Series. Both greatly appreciate the concert series for bringing them together year after year, as well as giving them a platform to contribute to the community by playing chamber music. Both are currently first-year undergraduates in the U.S.
Yoko Schwarz resides and teaches piano in Lexington, Massachusetts. Born in Tokyo, she began playing piano at the age of three. After graduating from Toho Music School, she earned her B.A. degree at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique and Dance de Paris. Schwarz has performed in nationally broadcast festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan, including the Aspen Music Festival, the William Kapell, Lugano, Delemont, Noyer-sur-Serein, the KMF Music Festival and the International Rachmaninoff Musical Festival. Today, she regularly accompanies local musicians, performs in recitals, and is a member of the Lexington Music Club.
Pianist Akiko Tsukamoto is an active solo, collaborated in chamber music and piano duo musician. She came to the U.S. in 1999 and attended the Yale University School of Music. A winner of the Nishinihon International Music Competition, she has performed and collaborated with members of the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, Akiko has been an enthusiastic music educator. Currently, she maintains private piano studio in Watertown, MA where she enjoys teaching with both children and adults. She is a member of the MMTA, MTNA, and the Lexington Music Club. She graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in piano performance and is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the ASAT since 2016. Akiko is the President/Executive Music Director of the Boston Charity Concert since 2013.
Yoko Schwarz and Akiko Tsukamoto have often performed piano duos together at concerts since 2007.