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Ballet Hawaii Accompanists

takashi koshi has been the piano accompanist for Ballet Hawaii since 1981. Before that he was the music accompanist for The Cloudgate Dance Theater of Taiwan from 1979-1981.

 

He is originally from Denver, Colorado and has a Music Education Degree from Oberlin Conservatory and Master’s Degree in Music Performance in bassoon from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. koshi has received numerous commissions for his music compositions, and his one-hour ballet “Urashima Taro” was performed in 2005 as the Spring Recital of Ballet Hawaii.

Maureen Baker graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in classical piano performance and composition. Her touring experience includes Clay Aiken’s Jukebox Tour, the 80’s funk group Klymaxx, Michael Sadler (Saga), rock fusion guitarist Adrian Galysh, classical/new-age artist Lino and David Gest’s “Live in Concert New Year’s Eve Gala” at the Blaisdell. Her recording experience includes Sabrina Starke’s “Yellow Brick Road” (Blue Note) and Lino’s “Return to Avalon” (#11 on the NAR charts). As a high school senior, she won the top honor “Young Artist Award” from the California Music Teachers Association. Maureen enjoys teaching piano and partnering with her hubby Alan Okuye on his many musical adventures.

Alan Okuye has a foundation of classical piano training, and is a graduate of the jazz-based Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He is a former Atlantic Records recording artist who has toured the US and internationally with many artists from a variety of genres. His performances, compositions, and arrangements have been featured in major motion pictures, on television, and in musical theater.

 

Alan recently relocated from Los Angeles to Oahu, where he has a private piano teaching practice while continuing to work as a composer, arranger, and live/studio musician. He also continues to teach many of his Los Angeles students via Skype on a weekly basis.