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Manami Kawamura has taught Applied Piano Lessons at Pasadena City College since 2014. She also has taught Keyboard Sight-Reading, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Applied Piano Lessons at Biola University Conservatory of Music since 1990.
Professor Kawamura studied in a specialized music institute in Japan which offered junior high, high school, and Bachelor of Music programs. Following her time in Japan she went to Biola for two years of post-baccalaureate studies and then on to Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music for her Master of Music in Piano Performance. While at Indiana she studied under Menahem Pressler, the pianist of the famed Beaux Arts Trio, distinguished professor at IU, and currently Biola's Artist-in-Residence. Her other teachers include Jennie K. Wong and Hisako Mizuno.
After finishing her Bachelor of Music degree, she performed in the 52nd New Professionals Concert which features Japan's top graduating music students. In the United States, she has given solo recitals, concerti with the Biola Symphony Orchestra, piano duos and duets with Menahem Pressler and numerous collaborative performances. She has gone on several tours of Japan and Indonesia both by herself and with other Conservatory faculty members.
Her teaching career in the United States started at IU where she received an assistant instructorship with a tuition waiver and taught private lessons and class piano. At PCC and Biola, her students have flourished under her teaching and winning numerous awards and competitions inside and outside of the schools including the first places of Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition, and the second places of CAPMT Concerto Competition and CAPMT Contemporary Music Competition. Some students continued on to higher education at institutions such as: Indiana University (studied with Menahem Pressler and Edward Auer), Eastman School of Music (studied with Nelita True), University of Southern California (studied with Antoinette Perry and Steward Gordon), Northwestern University (studied with Alan Chow), New York University (studied with Jose Mendez) and San Francisco Conservatory (studied with Timothy Bach)
She has given masterclasses at various MTAC branches, Opus 119, Yamaha Music School, Tokyo Christian University, Christian Academy in Japan, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Sekolah Pelita Harapan, adjudicated competitions for MTAC and CAPMT.