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Saori Kataoka (left) and Andrew J. Buckley (right)

Krannert Center Debut Artists: Saori Kataoka, trumpet (2020 Winner) and Andrew J. Buckley, clarinet (2021 Winner)

Event Type
wifi event
Apr 18, 2021   3:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center
Hannah Freeman-Choi, accompanist
Chanmi Lee, accompanist

Each spring for nearly 40 years, Krannert Center and the School of Music have together chosen an outstanding student through audition who is then presented in recital at Krannert Center with a full professional contract. The 2020 winner, Saori Kataoka, was unable to perform last year due to event cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so she and the 2021 winner, Andrew J. Buckley, will share the stage in this year’s virtual performance. The Krannert Center Debut Artist performance is specifically devoted to the presentation of emerging young artists, presenting the audience an opportunity to see history in the making.


Saori Kataoka, a native of Tokushima, Japan, is the first brass player to appear as a Krannert Center Debut Artist. Recently, she has been awarded Distinction in the Professional Wind Instrument Division at the Vienna International Music Competition and First Place at Charleston International Music Competition (South Carolina). During the summer of 2020, she performed remotely at the Festival of Young Artists Bayreuth (Germany) and Lake George Music Festival (New York). Kataoka serves as an adjunct instructional assistant professor of trumpet at Illinois State University and is pursuing her Master of Music in the jazz performance program at the University of Illinois with graduate minors in global studies and dance. She holds a Master of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts with a Certificate in Jazz Music from Campbellsville University (Kentucky).


Enesco: Légende
Takemitsu: Paths
Piazzolla: “Night Club 1960” from Histoire du Tango
Boulanger: Three Songs on Poems by Camille Mauclair
Clarke: Maid of the Mist


Andrew J. Buckley, an active chamber and solo musician, presents standard classical repertoire alongside work by living composers for exceptional concert experiences. He has performed in notable concert halls around the country such as Hilbert Circle Theatre (Indianapolis), Severance Hall (Cleveland), and Carnegie Hall (New York City). Buckley holds a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music where he performed with several large ensembles, in multiple musical theatre productions as a woodwind specialist, and as conducting apprentice with the Conservatory Wind Ensembles. He is a founding member and clarinetist of The Goodwin Avenue Trio, which has been featured by the International Clarinet Association and recently released a recording of Brahms’ Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114. Buckley is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clarinet performance at the University of Illinois.


Messager: Solo De Concours
Poulenc: Sonata pour clarinette et piano
Berio: Sequenza IX for Solo Clarinet
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73


Closed captioning will be available.


This performance will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes including a short break between performers.


This event will be live streamed on the date and time listed and will not be available on demand following the performance.



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