Principal Harpist Kayo Ishimaru of the Jacksonville Symphony and Violin Professor Dr. Simon Shiao team up for a special violin and harp duo concert on Feb. 22, 2024. Works on the program include the Fantaisie by Camille Saint-Saens, Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet, as well as arrangements for harp and violin by Astor Piazzolla, Leonard Cohen and Arvo Part.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Kayo Ishimaru attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where she graduated with the Premier Prix in 1983. She Joined the Jacksonville Symphony in 1987.
Born in Hualien, Taiwan, Violin Professor since 2003 at the University of North Florida, Dr. Simon Shiao continues to be an active performer around the world. Recently, Shiao performed a recital in London at St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Cultural Embassy Concert Series, was Artist in Residence at the Grand Teton Music Festival winter concert series and served as guest artist at the University of Utah.