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Aviva Piano Trio

The Aviva Piano Trio is the faculty piano trio of Wayland School of Music, featuring violinist Penny Wayne-Shapiro, cellist Zarina Irkaeva and pianist Sayuri Miyamoto (see biographies).

The Aviva Piano Trio made its debut at the Wayland Little Theater Concert Series in January 2013. The program included the world premier of the Trio of Tangos, op. 229, by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, as well as works by Schubert and Arensky.

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Performer Biographies

Penny Wayne-Shapiro (violin), a native of England, studied at the Royal Academy of Music, UK, as a scholarship student with David Martin and Carmel Kaine, in New York with Ivan Galamian, and in Boston with Yuri Mazurkevich, Malcolm Lowe and Laura Bossert.

In the UK, she won first violin positions with both the English National Opera Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she toured internationally and took part in numerous commercial recordings. She also performed regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. From 2000-12 she was concertmaster (first chair) of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, with which she appeared twice as soloist. She has appeared many times as recital soloist in London and Boston, and also on a tour of major cities in Brazil under the auspices of the Anglo-Brazilian Cultural Society. She is the founder and Director of Wayland School of Music.

Zarina Irkaeva (cello), was born in Russia, where she won many prizes and awards, and gained her M.Mus degree at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

She became assistant principal cello of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra at an early age. In the US, Zarina performs regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and several other New England orchestras. She is an active chamber musician, and has performed at the Greensboro Music festival in Vermont and the Jewish Music Festival in Boston. She also appears frequently as solo recitalist at various local venues. She is on the cello faculty at Wayland School of Music and Wheaton College. She has also taught at the St. Petersburg School for Gifted Children, and the St. Petersburg Rehabilitation Program for Abused Children.

Sayuri Miyamoto (piano), was born in Osaka, Japan, and raised in New Jersey. She holds degrees from Yale University, the Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music, where she received her doctorate. Her teachers have included Leonard Eisner, Donald Currier, Nadia Reisenberg, and Seymour Lipkin.

Ms. Miyamoto has appeared in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras across the United States. She has been the recipient of the New York Japanese American Association Music Award and was selected as one of the top eight contestants in the 1987 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. In addition to her teaching studio, Ms. Miyamoto serves on the coaching staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and maintains an active career as a coach/accompanist in the Boston area. She has been heard in recital and on WGBH radio with the late Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and collaborates with many others from the BSO as well as with faculty members of the New England Conservatory and other institutions. With her husband and their daughter she performs in chamber music concerts to benefit the Pan-Mass Challenge/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is the official accompanist of Wayland School of Music.

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Featured News Item —
Debut of Piano Trio, 2013

“Marvelous music, passionately played, enormously enjoyed...when and where will you be performing again? We want more!”

“What a fantastic performance. We absolutely loved all the pieces. I really liked the Arensky, and so enjoyed the Trio of Tangos, which was short and sweet, and light and fun. My absolute favorite was the Schubert. It was such a great pleasure to hear you play in your professional capacity...all congratulations on the debut performance of your Trio. It was absolutely wonderful, and I'm so happy I was able to be there.”

“I just wanted to express our admiration for the amazing performance of Aviva trio on Friday. Thank you so much for the beautiful music and your gorgeous performance.”

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