A 2020 Close to Home Concert

Prairie Debut Alumna & Friends

Violin, Cello & Piano Trio
Tominaga-DeCaen-Reid piano trio presented by Prairie Debut

Violin, cello & piano trio

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As part of Prairie Debut’s expanded efforts to support Canadian musicians in an unprecedented time, we are bringing classical music closer to home for Alberta audience members. We present Prairie Debut Alumna & Friends showcasing three Alberta artists. Akiko Tominaga’s piano performance has been described by the Ottawa Citizen as “captivating,  delicate and crystalline.” She is joined by cellist Kathleen de Caen and violinist Laura Reid in a program featuring works by Schubert, Beethoven, and Canadian Juno and multi-award winning composer Dinuk Wijeratne.


Schubert – Piano Trio in B-flat major D. 898 “Sonatensatz
Dinuk Wijeratne – Love Triangle
Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke


Jeanne & Peter Loughheed  Performing Arts Centre
Camrose | Sunday, October 4, 2020

Arden Theatre | St. Albert 
Date to be confirmed

Prairie Debut alumna pianist Akiko Tominaga is joined by her musical friends, violinist Laura Reid and cellist Kathleen de Caen, in a program that celebrates the pinnacle composers of three musical periods. The program begins with the work of Romantic era composer Franz Schubert, famous for his lyric vocal songs. Piano Trio in B-flat Major D. 898, Sonatensaz, evokes the exuberance of his youth. Next, one of Canada's most prolific composers, Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne, combines Middle Eastern-inspired melody and North Indian rhythms in Love Triangle. This boundary-crossing work integrates classical structure with three very improvisatory cadenzas from each instrument. In honour of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the program concludes with a work simply known as The Archduke, which culminates Beethoven's canon of piano trio repertoire.

"Her sound is captivating, delicate, crystalline; her phrasing elegant and intelligent. Above all, one appreciates the humility and sobriety of her artistry...."

Ottawa Citizen on the music of Akiko Tominaga


Kathleen de Caen | piano trio | presented by Prairie Debut

Kathleen de Caen


Kathleen de Caen | Cello

Kathleen de Caen has performed across North America, including stints with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as part of their education series and a Carnegie Hall performance with Matt Haimovitz’s Uccello ensemble. Before joining the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Kathleen served as principal cellist for Symphony Nova Scotia. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, following it with a master’s degree from McGill University.

Kathleen de Caen | piano trio | presented by Prairie Debut

Laura Reid


Laura Reid | Violin

Laura is well-established in Calgary’s classical music scene as a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of the Kensington Sinfonia. She has recorded for the film scores Empyrean and Circle of Steel, and performed with notables including Patrick Watson, Sarah Slean, Hermitess and Astral Swan. When not on stage, Laura teaches violin, coaches student chamber groups and cohosts the NCRA Best Classical Programming award-winning radio show Unprocessed with pianist/composer Mark Limacher on CJSW 90.9FM.  

Kathleen de Caen | piano trio | presented by Prairie Debut

Akiko Tominaga


Akiko Tominaga | Piano

Since appearing with Prairie Debut in 2008, Akiko Tominaga has continued to establish her reputation as a captivating, intelligent and imaginative pianist. She has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Bridgeport Symphony, Reading Symphony, and Interschool Orchestra of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Doctorate of Music from the Université de Montréal. As a founding member of the piano trio Trio Lajoie, Akiko and her fellow musicians were nominated for the Prix Opus Award for their debut CD in 2014. Her solo recital, Postcards from Afar, was welcomed in the Master Piano Recital Series in Ottawa the following year. Akiko has taught with the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary as a faculty member of the Academy for Gifted Youth.



Po Yeh, Executive Director

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