Asami Hagiwara has been praised for her “tone-color palette of great warmth and nuanced richness”(Fuldaer Zeitung). Recent appearances include concerts in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.A. She has been invited to perform in music festivals including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Grieg Festival, Joutseno Art Summer, the Liszt-Garrison Festival, Mänttä Music Festival, and the PIANALE International Academy. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Chair of the Piano Area at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
In addition to her wide range of performing repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music, Hagiwara specializes in works of Nordic composers, especially those of Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. Her doctoral document, Guide to the Published Solo Piano Music of Jean Sibelius, provides an overview of Sibelius’s rarely performed 115 piano works. As an American-Scandinavian Foundation research fellow, she spent a year at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), which deepened her understanding of the Nordic sound and composers.
Outside of her university teaching, Hagiwara hosts a community outreach event, UMD Piano Day, and directs the piano division of the Northshore Summer Music Experience. She was a guest teacher at summer festivals including Encontro Internacional de Pianistas de Piracicaba (Piracicaba, Brazil), the University of Iowa’s Youth Summer Camp (Iowa City, IA), and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, Michigan). She frequently serves on competition and contest jury panels for organizations such as Edward Grieg Society, MTNA, NFMC, and Thursday Musical.
Previously, Hagiwara held several teaching positions at the collegiate level including lecturer positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI), the Iowa State University (Ames, IA), and the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA), and was the coordinator of the University of Iowa’s Pre-College Piano Conservatory (PCPC).
Hagiwara has been a recipient of American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, Clara Rolland Award, Thomas J. Smith Award, and Gertraude Weber Gassman Award. Her former piano teachers include Erik T. Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy, Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa, William Heiles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marialena Fernandes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago.