2016-2017 Professional Concert Series
Conor Nelson & Ryo Yanagitani

Washington Conservatory of Music presents


Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

Conor Nelson, flute and Ryo Yanagitani, piano will perform the second concert of the 2016-17 Washington Conservatory Concert series at 8 PM on Saturday, November 5 at Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda (the border of DC and MD.) The concert is free with donations welcome at the door. The duo will perform diverse works by composers including Kalevi Aho, Francis Poulenc, Cécile Chaminade, Dai Fujikura and César Franck.

On Friday, November 4 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Nelson will present a flute master class at the Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD. - next door to Adventure Theatre in the South Arcade. Three students will perform and receive coaching from Nelson in front of an audience. The master class is open to the public, with donations welcome at the door.

Canadian flutist Conor Nelson gave his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since appeared as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist competition and the Haynes International Flute competition. He was featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase (WQXR New York), Minnesota Public Radio and WGBH Boston Public radio.

As a chamber musician, Nelson performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist, Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano duo. Involved in exciting commissioning projects, the duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, The Tokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada. Nelson has also collaborated with Claude Frank, Peter Frankle, Spencer Myer, Colin Carr, Jesse Levine and the Biava and Calder String Quartets. With the Intrada Winds he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions and performed at prestigious concert series throughout the US. He has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals, and as an orchestral flutist has worked with the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute and in the Aspen, Banff and Brevard summer music festivals.

Nelson received degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and Stony Brook University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University, having previously taught at Oklahoma State University and Stony Brook University. He has given master classes at over 50 universities, colleges and conservatories.

Canadian pianist Ryo Yanagitani is Artist-in-Residence of the S&R Foundation and Artistic Director of the Ruiji Ueno Foundation in Washington, DC. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and the National Art Gallery and is frequently featured in solo and chamber music concerts at Evermay. He was guest soloist with the Mozart Festival Orchestra of San Antonio, the Symphony Augusta, and the New Orchestra of Washington. He won the gold medal at the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition, where he was also given special recognition for a performance of the complete Chopin Ballades. He is also the grand prize winner of the Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Minnesota International Piano Competition, the Dr Luis Sigall International Piano Competition in Vina del Mar (Chile), and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Yanagitani has made concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, among others. In addition to many solo recitals, Mr Yanagitani is in demand as a chamber musician. With flutist Ransom Wilson he performed in Moscow a program featuring Canadian and American music. A recipient of many scholarships and awards, he has been endowed twice by the Canadian Arts Council with a grant as an Emerging Artist. He is also a recipient of the Arthur Foote Scholarship from the Harvard Musical Association, and an artist-in-residence of the Maxwell Shepherd Fund of Connecticut. Dr. Yanagitani received his Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale School of Music, Bachelors Degree from the University of British Columbia and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute.


The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church.

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