D.M.A. Piano Performance, Rice University, 2008
M.M. Piano Performance, Indiana University, 1996
B.M. Piano Performance, Oberlin College, 1993
B.S. Psychology, Oberlin College, 1993
Pianist Naomi Shibatani has appeared in performances at various international venues including Paris, Rochefort, and La Rochelle (France,) Osaka and Kobe (Japan,) Dumaguete(Philippines,) as well as numerous cities within the U.S. such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oberlin, Bloomington, and Houston. She has appeared as a soloist with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra after winning the concerto competition, as well as featured pianist in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements with the Oberlin Orchestra. She collaborates frequently with her cellist husband, and together, they have performed many major works for the cello and piano as well as numerous other chamber works for piano and strings. She is also a highly dedicated pedagogue, and has taught piano and music classes at numerous institutions including Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University Bloomington, Rice University, Sam Houston University, and Alvin Community College. She has always maintained a strong private studio wherever she resided, including Bloomington (IN,) Paris (France,) and Houston (TX.) She has also served as a judge for numerous piano competitions in the region including C.C.M.T.A. and Houston Music Teachers’ Association. Dr.Shibatani has earned her B.M. and B.A. in Piano Performance and Psychology from Oberlin College, where she studied with Joseph Schwartz. At Indiana University Bloomington, she studied under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler and earned her M.M. with a cognate field in Music Education. Recently, she completed her D.M.A. at Rice University where she studied with Brian Connelly and Jon Kimura Parker. As a highly versatile pianist, she has also studied Fortepiano with David Breitman and Harpsichord with Elizabeth Wright. Dr.Shibatani currently serves as a faculty at Lonestar College Montgomery, and resides in The Woodlands (TX) with her husband and three children.