Asami Hagiwara has been praised for her “tone-color palette of great warmth and nuanced richness”(Fuldaer Zeitung). Recent appearances include concerts in Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.A. She has been invited to perform in music festivals including Joutseno Art Summer, Liszt-Garrison Festival, PIANALE International Academy, the Grieg Festival, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano and the Chair of 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 doctorate 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 the composers.
Previously, Hagiwara held several teaching positions at the collegiate level including lecturer positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Platteville, WI), Iowa State University (Ames, IA) and the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA) and she was the coordinator of the University of Iowa’s Pre-College Piano Conservatory (PCPC). She has also served on the piano faculty at summer programs such as the University of Iowa’s Youth Summer Camp and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, Michigan).
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.