Free Prokofiev Concert February 23 at Columbus Museum of Art

David Niwa, Mariko Kaneda and Leonid PolonskyNonprofit recital series Sunday at Central will present a concert featuring three Columbus musicians performing three of Sergei Prokofiev’s most important works on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Columbus Museum of Art’s Cardinal Health Auditorium. Admission is free and guests will have free access to galleries in CMA’s permanent collection.

Prokofiev is considered to be one of the finest composers of the 20th century. For this one-hour concert, Mariko Kaneda (piano), Leonid Polonsky (violin), and David Niwa (violin) will perform Prokofiev’s two Sonatas for Violin and Piano and Sonata for 2 Violins. Kaneda will also play the piano works by Prokofiev’s grandson, Gabriel.

Prokofiev’s two sonatas for violin and piano contrast wildly in character. One is dark and brooding, while the other is bright and cheerful. The grand Sonata for 2 Violins, which Prokofiev wrote in France during the 1930’s, is rarely performed in public. Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, deejay and founder of the record label Non Classical. His music is known for its fresh and contemporary approach.

Columbus Museum of Art is located at 480 East Broad Street and parking is free. To learn more, visit

About Mariko Kaneda
Pianist Mariko Kaneda began studying piano in Geneva, Switzerland and later graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with the Premier Prix. She has won prizes at the Montreal International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, and the European Piano Competition (Luxembourg). She has appeared with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bordeaux-Aquitaine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra (Australia), the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Choral Arts Society, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and has performed at Trinity Church, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Hall. Her performances have been broadcast in New York (WQXR), France (France-Musique), Australia (ABC-FM), and Japan (NHK-FM). She serves on the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University and is a member of Sunday at Central’s Canaletto Ensemble.

About Leonid Polonsky
Leonid Polonsky began his musical career in his native city of Moscow, where he graduated from the Special Music School for Gifted Children and the Gnessin Music Institute. He was Assistant Concertmaster with the Moscow Philharmonic and Concertmaster of the Moscow State Orchestra. In 1982, he accepted the position of leading soloist with Russia’s internationally acclaimed “Moscow Virtuosi” chamber orchestra. With that ensemble, he performed throughout the world and made numerous recordings. In 1990, he immigrated to the United States and currently is Associate Concertmaster with the Columbus Symphony.

About David Niwa
Violinist David Niwa is Acting Associate Concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony, Artistic Director of Sunday at Central, and a founding member of The High Street Four string quartet. His performing career includes appearances with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, The Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, The Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, and The Chicago Youth Symphony. He has been the featured artist in recital at The Corcoran Gallery, the Terrace Theatre of the Kennedy Center, and the Cloitre des Jacobins. An active chamber musician and advocate of 20th and 21st century music, he performed Gunther Schuller’s Paradigm Exchanges in 2007 and presented the United States premiere of Krystof Penderecki’s Sextet in 2002. He holds degrees from The Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, where his teachers were Aaron Rosand and Szymon Goldberg, respectively.

About Sunday at Central
Sunday at Central is a nonprofit chamber music recital series that was founded in 1994. It offers intimate, personalized traditional chamber music concerts with internationally recognized professional musicians. Sunday at Central is funded in part by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council.

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