Music at St. Paul’s presents the Trillium Piano Trio

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Delray Beach, FL – On Sunday, September 18 at 3pm, the Trillium Piano Trio will perform for Music at St. Paul’s in a concert featuring Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio in one movement in B-flat, D. 28, Beethovens’s Piano Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 1, No. 3, and Antonin Dvorák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor, Op. 65, B 130. Made up of pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, violinist Ruby Berland, and ‘cellist Cornelia Brubeck, the Trillium Piano Trio has been a fixture on the Music at St. Paul’s series for several years.

“As we begin our 34th Season,” says series artistic director Dr. David Macfarlane, “we are very happy to present the Trillium Piano Trio, one of our regular performing ensembles. Having world-class performers living among us in Palm Beach County is a real asset to the classical music scene. I hope that everyone comes out to hear this local treasure.”

Tickets are $20 (18 and under FREE) and are available at the door on the day of the concert. Music at St. Paul’s concerts are projected live on a big screen for maximum audience visibility. For more information on this concert and Music at St. Paul’s 30th Anniversary Season, visit St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible.

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About the performers…

Born in Tokyo, pianist Yoko Sata Kothari began her performing career by winning the Northern Japan Classical Piano Competition at the age of eight. She continued to collect top prizes in Japan, such as the Japan Young Pianist Award and the Machida Piano Competition. Since moving to the United States, she has continued to earn awards for her performances, including

second place in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, the Kathleen McGowan Piano Scholarship Award, a prize for her outstanding Bartok performance in the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy, as well as being chosen as one of the finalists in the Simone Belsky International Competition. In May 2017, she won first place in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

As an active solo performer, Ms. Kothari has been making international appearances, including televised broadcasts in China and a series of performances in Italy, which received high praise. She has released 4 CD recordings, with her latest receiving a glowing review: “Ms. Kothari is both a sensitive and strong pianist…her performance of Lyapunov’s ‘Lesghinka’ is almost note-perfect and effective.” (American Record Guide)

Ms. Kothari holds a performing arts degree from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. Her teachers include Takako Maeda, Miwako Tsukada, as well as Dr. Roberta Rust and Phillip Evans at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Aside from her performing career, together with her husband, Dilip, a classical guitarist, Ms. Kothari teaches at her private studio in North Palm Beach.

Ruby Berland began her violin studies at the age of 6 at the Bergen Conservatory of Music in Bergen, Norway. At the age of 14, she made her orchestral debuts with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and Florida Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, and performed in numerous recitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.

She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Berl Senofsky and Victor Danchenko. Later, she went abroad to Germany to study with Andreas Röhn at the Musik Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Hamburg. During her time in Germany, she frequently played in the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra under the directions of Christoph Eschenbach and Günter Wand. She played with them on numerous international tours and festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Lübeck, the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. She also participated in the commercial recordings of Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Gidon Kremer and Christoph Eschenbach.

Currently, Ms. Berland is assistant principal of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Palm Beach Symphony, and she is also a member of the Boca Sinfonia Orchestra. More recently, she has been producing a series of recitals consisting of chamber and solo works through her company, Musica con Animé.

Cornelia Brubeck is one of the most active cellists in the South Florida area and frequently performs in numerous venues, including classical and pops orchestra, opera, musical theater, chamber music and recording sessions.Currently Ms. Brubeck is the principal cellist with the Palm Beach Pops and assistant principal for the Palm Beach Opera. In addition Ms. Brubeck serves as the adjunct professor of cello at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. For the past decade she performed with the Atlantic Classical Chamber Orchestra, seven of those years as principal. Ms. Brubeck was the co-founder of the Manchester chamber players, a piano quartet, with whom she toured the states, frequently performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and recorded for the Janus and MNF labels. While residing in the northeast, she was a member of the Albany, Vermont and Berkshire symphonies and served on the faculty of the Manchester music festival and green mountain college. Born, raised and educated in Germany, Ms Brubeck now holds a masters degree in cello performance from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana.

Florida Weekly – 6/8/2017

How does one get to Carnegie Hall?

Pianist Yoko Sata Kothari has the answer


Yoko Sata Kothari knows how to get to Carnegie Hall.

“Perseverance. That’s the real answer,” Ms. Kothari said by phone from her home in Lake Park.

And you thought it was practice.

Rest assured, she had plenty of that.

But with persistence, you give up just about everything.

After playing the piano for more than four decades, Ms. Kothari finally reached the one goal that had eluded her. On May 1, she learned she won first prize in the 2017 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, which came with an invitation to play at the Winners’ Recitals in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 21.

Ms. Kothari, who was born in Tokyo, started playing piano when she was just 4 years old.

“Really, as long as I can remember,” she says.

She remembers her mother pushing her to practice. “I had to earn my time being a child. That was the reward for practicing.”

Yoko Sata Kothari said Carnegie Hall was beautiful, elegant and had perfect acoustics.
But Ms. Kothari says her mother, despite being her biggest fan, never gushed over her accomplishments. “In Asian culture, they don’t tell you ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m proud of you.’ You’re just supposed to know.”

Ms. Kothari has had her doubts. And she has often wondered if she chose the right path. “It’s a long time to be on the wrong path,” she laughs, “but I always wanted affirmation. I closed a lot of doors. How do you know if the sacrifices are worth it?”

The invitation to play Carnegie Hall is definitely an affirmation, but she waited a long time to get it. Ms. Kothari knows she’s been lucky and fortunate to follow her dream. Long ago she realized that “there are many people just as talented” as she is, but “Life happened. They got married, or pregnant, or they went after their big school degree, or their parents became ill, and they had to stop playing.”

One sacrifice Ms. Kothari didn’t have to make was staying single. But she married a musician — classical guitarist Dilip Kothari — who understands the lifelong commitment she made to music. Together they run their own music studio in North Palm Beach, where both teach private lessons. Dilip, she says, loves teaching, where “I see the beauty in teaching,” she said. It gives her contact with people, including children, who share her love and passion for the piano, but it also reminds her of one of the sacrifices she did make: Not having children of her own.

Music for a musician, especially a pianist, can be a solitary life and it can get lonely.

“I’m jealous of the cellist, who gets to play with the orchestra, and the people who play in bands.”

And as much as people talk about the importance of balance, Ms. Kothari says, “I don’t know if I can say I have balance.”

Her world can be pretty one-dimensional. Most of it happens from the same point of view: Sitting up straight and looking down at 88 black and white keys.

But Ms. Kothari is not quiet or shy or introverted. She’s funny and gregarious and quick-witted, but most people don’t ever get to know her that way.

“I can’t go out,” Ms. Kothari says. “I can’t afford to, timewise.”

Two hours sipping Chardonnay is two hours of practice time lost.

“Music is worth anything, but it does suck the life out of you,” she says.

But it also enriches you and fulfills you, and that’s what keeps you going, even in your 40s.

Seven other winners performed with Ms. Kothari. Most played recognizable pieces, including two who played Liszt, one of Ms. Kothari’s favorite composers. Instead, Ms. Kothari chose an unfamiliar work by Ferruccio Busoni, called “Fantasia nach J.S. Bach,” or “Fantasy after J.S. Bach,” because it incorporates four of Bach’s hymns.

“I knew all the people would play the flashiest, most technical pieces. I just wanted to play for me. I didn’t feel the need to try to impress anyone. I wanted to play something unique,” Ms. Kothari says. Busoni wrote the piece, which is rather dark, about the death of his father. “It’s about loss and mourning and it’s not played often but I think it deserves to be heard.”

Ms. Kothari said the hall was beautiful, more elegant than most places she’s played, with perfect acoustics for this kind of show. The local weather was beautiful and Ms. Kothari wanted to go sightseeing but instead she went back to the hotel to rest before her performance. Ms. Kothari says she wasn’t any more nervous before this short 15-minute performance than she has been for any other. “I was prepared. I think I stood out in my own way. I didn’t try to be different. I just wanted to be me.”

Ten questions with Yoko Sata Kothari:

How do you sit down and practice when you really don’t want to?

I found the hardest part of practicing is actually making myself sit down physically at the piano bench. Knowing there is usually no problem once I start, I learned simply how to make myself sit down.

How do you handle rejection when you don’t win?

Once my teacher told me, “Don’t let the competition use you, but use the competition to grow instead.” Regardless of the outcome, you improve so much because you work so hard to achieve. I learned to accept and move on once I realized how much I gain from the experience.

What’s the most important characteristic for a successful musician to have?

Discipline. A strong drive. And you have to believe in yourself.

What advice do you have for a young musician?

It is not an easy path, so it is certainly not something I recommend lightly. Be aware how lonely and tough the road is waiting ahead. You will soon know if you are cut out for it or not.

Is this invitation to play at Carnegie Hall the pinnacle of your career? What other moments stand out in your mind as your greatest accomplishments?

Absolutely. To name a few other accomplishments: Winning a second place in the Bartok-Kavalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, being chosen as a finalist to compete in the Simone Belsky Piano Competition, performing in Italy and receiving a special award for my Bartok performance in the Ibla International Piano Competition.

What do you do to relax, rewind, renew your spirit?

Reading, meditating and traveling with my husband.

Did you have a Plan B if the piano didn’t work out?

No. I knew that music was my path.

Who has been the biggest, or one of the biggest, influence(s) on you in your career?

My mentors, Dr. Roberta Rust and Mr. Phillip Evans. (They both teach at Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton.)

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a pianist?

If I could not succeed as a performer, I knew I could always become an educator.

What is your favorite piece of music to play? Does that change over time?

It would be very difficult to choose a single favorite piece; however, I must say my all-time favorite composer is J.S. Bach. It has not changed for a very long time.

The Palm Beach Post – 5/16/17

Lake Park pianist gave up so much for one goal: play at Carnegie Hall

By Barbara Marshall
May 16, 2017

How do you get to Carnegie Hall at the unlikely age of 47?
Obsessively nurture a dream for decades.

Take a detour around any kind of normal life.

And, oh yeah, practice.

Practice the piano for six hours a day, every day. For tens of thousands of hours over the years. Practice instead of doing almost anything else. Practice until you wear out the felt hammers of your Steinway grand. Practice until your husband finally demands a 2 a.m. curfew so he can sleep, then frequently break it.

That’s the path classical pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, of Lake Park, took to win a piano competition in middle age, which includes the invitation to play a 15-minute solo on Sunday at one of the most famous concert halls in the world.

Two weeks ago, she was informed that she was among five first-place winners of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, a contest for college-age students and above. The judges commented on her “depth of interpretation, musicality, and technical expertise.”

“I really felt like I finally made it to the top,” said Kothari.

It’s been a long climb.


Yoko Sata Kothari of Lake Park sits next to her piano in the living room of her home Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Kothari has won a major piano competition and will play Carnegie Hall later this month. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post


When she takes the stage in New York on May 21, she’ll be playing where Leonard Bernstein made his conducting debut, where Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, even Billie Holliday, Bob Dylan and once, that other Yoko — Yoko Ono — have played.

“Her strengths are fluency, accuracy, a strong rhythmic sense and a lovely tone,” said her mentor and coach, Phillip Evans, a former concert pianist who taught at Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music. He recently retired from the Lynn University faculty. “I think it’s a little bit of a long shot, but it’s possible she could have a much bigger career as a result of this contest.”

Making it to Carnegie Hall would be a huge accomplishment for a 14-year-old prodigy or a 23-year-old graduate student. It’s almost unheard of for a middle-aged musician.

The classical music world, it turns out, is almost as ageist as Hollywood.

“In this business, you’re over the hill at 30,” said Kothari, in terms of attracting a promoter to finance a concert tour. “You have to make it (as a concert pianist) by 22 or 23.”

Finally getting past the stage door of Carnegie Hall justifies all the other doors she closed in pursuit of the music she loves. She has no children, very little social life, she rarely goes to parties or out to dinner. She practices so she can perform.

“I ended up being in a life of solitary confinement. I’m glad I teach because otherwise I would have no human contact other than my husband,” said Kothari. “You can call it sacrifice but it is a choice. I might have missed out on things in life but I believed that I would achieve something like this some day.”

Says her husband, Dilip: “Many people can play the (classical piano) repertoire. Yoko is among the few who can perform it.”

Kothari was growing up in Japan when her piano teachers realized she had perfect pitch.

“In the second grade, they realized I could name the keys just by hearing them,” she said.

While she chats at her kitchen table, a beeping car alarm goes off in the neighborhood.

She listens for a moment. “C sharp,” she says.

After winning a Japanese piano competition at age 8, Kothari’s parents bought her a baby grand piano.

“My mother had always wanted to play, but wasn’t able, growing up in Tokyo before World War II,” said Kothari, who said her mother lost her house in a bombing raid during the war.

Kothari sits down at her Steinway, which takes up most of the small living room. The rest is filled with black lacquered Japanese furniture. Her feet have worn a bald spot in the animal hide rug beneath the pedals, which she plays while wearing equally threadbare Japanese slippers.

Her black curly hair obscures her face as she begins the unusual piece she’ll play at Carnegie Hall. “Fantasia” by Ferruccio Bosoni is a 1909 piece by a composer best known for his Bach piano arrangements. His own works are complex, modern and difficult.

“I thought about playing Liszt, but I wanted to play something unique,” she says.

Her hands alternately pound and caress the keys, as somewhat atonal rhythms dance and collide in the air.

“Music is like a novel,” says Kothari. “Sometimes, you need some maturity to understand the author’s true intention. A 16-year-old can play this technically, but to have the understanding of it, you need maturity.”

Kothari’s passion is for performing. After college in Tokyo, Kothari came to the U.S. at age 24, hoping to find more performance opportunities than were available in Japan. She chose Palm Beach County because she had a friend living in Wellington.

She applied for a teaching job at a music school that Dilip Kothari, a classical guitarist, had opened in North Palm Beach.

“The first time she came to the studio, I was taken by her,” said Dilip, an Ohio native. “She was beautiful. Then I heard her play and that was it. I was actually shocked that she would go out with me.”

They married within the year. Their school is now called “D&Y Music Studios.”

When Dilip, an avid outdoorsman, resumed his big-game hunting and fishing trips around the world, Yoko had uninterrupted time to practice.

“I’m married to two loves: Dil and my piano,” she says. “I’m a terrible wife. I don’t cook, I don’t clean. I don’t do any wifelike things.”

Dilip says he doesn’t care. “Being a professional musician myself, I know the sacrifice and the investment in time it takes to achieve that level of play,” he said. “I think it’s a dream of every musician to play someplace as prestigious as Carnegie Hall, especially in a solo performance. She’s worked so hard, she deserves it.”

South Florida classical music fans know Yoko from her solo performances as well as appearances with the Boca String Quartet, the Lotus Duo and Trillium Piano Trio. She frequently plays in Japan and has performed in China and Italy.

Each summer, she creates an inventive solo program for the next season around a single theme.

One year, it was “The Weather Forecast” that included Beethoven’s “The Tempest” piano sonata and “The Last Rose of Summer” by Mendelssohn. Another year, her theme was “Go Green,” filled with piano pieces devoted to nature.

She introduces each piece with a little talk and always includes familiar pieces entwined with something most audiences have never heard.

“I’m here to help the audience to experience this beautiful work, I’m just a tool. I have the gift to be the bridge between composers and an audience,” Kothari says.

She’s weirdly calm about playing her 15-minute solo at Carnegie Hall. The other, mostly far younger, first-place winners asked about practice rooms. Not her.

“I know this piece. If I can’t play it, it’s not because I don’t know it, it’s because of here,” she says, her hands on her temples.

She’s recorded four well-received CDs at Saturn Sound studios in downtown West Palm Beach.

She’s also been a finalist in other prestigious competitions, including ones in which everyone else had a doctorate in music except her. This first-place award is a sign that her years of dedication — and frustration — were not in vain, as she sometimes suspected.

“People who choose this path are either destined or delusional; I just didn’t want to be delusional,” she said.

Her mentor, Evans, once listened to her play Ravel’s “La Valse,” a notoriously difficult work. Afterward, she remembers him saying, with amazement, “Yoko, do you know how few people can play at this level?”

“After that, I thought, ‘OK, maybe I’m not delusional. Maybe I am good enough,’” she said.

Good enough, finally, for Carnegie Hall.

On her four CDs, Yoko Sata Kothari plays Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven and Liszt. They’re available at the Kothari’s D&Y Music Studios in North Palm Beach, as well as Barnes & Nobles, Chafin Music in Lake Worth and on Amazon.

Florida Today – 01/09/13

yoko352Dance the night away

by Maria Sonnenberg
January 9, 2013

Dances – classic to folk – are the focus of pianist Yoko Sata Kothari‘s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Atlantic Music Center, 25 S. Wickham Road, Melbourne.

Kothari and the keyboard are old friends. By age 8, she had already nabbed first prize in Northern Japan’s Classical Piano Competition. She has continued with a winning streak that includes the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York. A familiar concert figure in Palm Beach County, she has performed with the Boca String Quartet and the Trillium Piano Trio.

The program includes mazurkas by Chopan, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka Suite and Suite for Piano, Op. 90, by Saint-Saens.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students.

The Palm Beach Post – 01/15/12

Yoko at the NortonThe scene maker: Pianist loves support for the arts

By Janis Fontaine
January 16, 2012


WHO SHE IS: Kothari began playing piano at age 4. At age 8, she won the Northern Japan Classical Piano Competition. She continued to win top prizes in Japan, and earned more trophies when she moved to the U.S., including second place in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Competition and the Kathleen McGowan Piano Scholarship Award. Most recently, she received an award at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York. Kothari has performed with the Boca String Quartet, the Lotus Duo (a piano-violin duo), and currently is a member of the Trillium Piano Trio. She and her husband, Dilip Kothari, a classical guitarist, teach music at D&Y Studios in Lake Park. Her next performance is a benefit concert for the Tepeyak Mission on March 3 at St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens.

A few of her favorites:

Favorite fine-dining restaurant?
The Melting Pot. It may take awhile to get through your meal, but the process is so much fun! The cheese fondue and chocolate fondue at the end. It’s not something you do every weekend. It’s more of a special occasion place. You can be there three hours.
The Melting Pot of Palm Beach Gardens, 11811 U.S. 1, Palm Beach Gardens. (561) 624-0020

Favorite theater to see a show?
It has been years since I have seen any shows, but it would be the Kravis Center.
The Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. (561) 832-7469;
Favorite place for a quiet dinner?
A small restaurant on the water called the Dockside Grill. It’s a neighborhood restaurant and it’s kind of hidden. You would never expect someplace like that to be there. It’s very cozy. It’s very personal, and it’s not noisy.
The Dockside Sea Grille, 766 Northlake Blvd., Lake Park. Phone: (561) 842-2180

Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Playing/practicing the piano. It could be frustrating as well, but it is definitely most fulfilling. It’s probably the most effective way to spend the afternoon. I feel most like myself at the piano.

Favorite restaurant to take out-of-town guests?
Ebisu Japanese Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens. It is the only Japanese restaurant I go to in this area. I almost always order tuna quesadilla. I think the concept is brilliant. The owner came up with the idea. It’s raw tuna and vegetables in a tortilla.
Ebisu, 7100 Fairway Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Phone: (561) 622-4495

Favorite boutique or store for browsing or buying?
Pretty much only time I can shop is when I am on vacation since my performing and teaching schedule doesn’t allow me to go out much in my daily life. When I do, Barnes & Noble is one of my favorites.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 11380 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Phone: (561) 625-3932

Why you love living in Palm Beach County?
Because here we have a strong community which supports the arts. I feel that there is a culture established by the people who love and appreciate both music and art in this county, which produces the performing opportunities for the artists. If there is no audience, there will be no performances. Having the support from the people is the only way for us (artists) to exist, and it lets us simply be who we are.

The Palm Beach Post – 11/18/11

Music at the Norton: The Norton Museum of Art hosts a small, occasional music series that continues Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. with the Japanese-born pianist Yoko Sata Kothari

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yoko Sata KothariThe Lake Park resident and Tokyo native is a familiar concert figure in Palm Beach County, where she plays solo concerts, anchors the Trillium Piano Trio and operates a music studio with her husband, guitarist Dilip Kothari.

For her concert this weekend, Yoko Kothari will play works by French and Russian composers. Transcriptions of Gabriel Faure’s Pavane and Sicilienne will share the French part of the program with four etudes by Camille Saint-Saens (from his Op. 111). She’ll follow that with the Toccata (Op. 11) of Sergei Prokofiev and the 1931 revision of Rachmaninov’s Sonata No. 2 (in B-flat minor, Op. 35).

“I wanted to play Rachmaninov and I didn’t want to play the etudes-tableaux or the preludes,” she said, referring to the composer’s smaller pieces. “Then this caught my eye. But I wasn’t aware how difficult it was.”

She’s chosen the shorter, leaner version of the sonata for the Norton program, which will run about an hour. The concert in the museum’s auditorium begins at 3 p.m. and admission is $5. Entrance to the museum is $12. Tickets for the concert are available at the Visitor Services Desk.

Palm Beach Arts Paper – 09/17/10

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yoko Sata KothariMusic: The classical music season in Palm Beach County gets under way this weekend with the first concert in the 23rd season of performances at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Delray Beach on Sunday afternoon. Up first in the series – which will include appearances by the church’s own Camerata del Re in music from the French and German Baroque traditions, as well as Paris-based Fuoco e Cenere in early music from Italy – is the Trillium Piano Trio. Pianist Yoko Sata Kothari, violinist Ruby Berlund and cellist Benjamin Salsbury will perform the Trio in C of Gaspar Cassado, the Trio No. 3 (in G minor, Op. 110) of Robert Schumann, and a rarity, the Trio quasi una ballata (in D minor, Op. 27) by the Czech composer Vitezslav Novak (1870-1949). Novak’s trio, written in 1902, is considered one of the most important piano trios in Czech music, but it’s almost never heard in this country, and so this concert offers listeners a good way to get acquainted with an important but overlooked master. The concert begins at 4 p.m., and tickets are $15-$18. Call 278-6003 for more information, or visit

La Palma – 04/11/08

Pianista ofrece un concierto benéfico para misión hispana

Friday, April 11, 2008


La pianista clásica Yoko Sata Kothari dará un recital el sábado para recaudar fondos para la organización Tepeyac Mission Inc.

El cambio de vida, las nuevas costumbres y el nuevo idioma afectaron mucho a Héctor Zuluaga, un colombiano de 49 años que emigró a los Estados Unidos con su familia hace cinco años.

“Cuando comencé me sentía tan mal. El estrés era tan fuerte y me tenían bastante mal los problemas”, cuenta.

Durante esos primeros meses en West Palm Beach, la organización sin fines de lucro, Tepeyac Mission Inc., le brindó apoyo psicológico para salir adelante.

“A mí me ayudó mucho en mi estado de ánimo”, recuerda Zuluaga.

La familia Zuluaga es una de las muchas familias que Tepeyac Mission ha ayudado durante sus 12 años de existencia. Aunque el director de la misión, Jaime Zapata, dice que es difícil dar un número exacto de personas que han ayudado, él aproxima que en el 2007, le dieron apoyo moral y ayuda psicológica a 37 familias.

La Misión ahora está buscando ayuda de la comunidad. En su concierto anual para recaudar fondos, la pianista de música clásica Yoko Sata Kothari se presentará el sábado a las 6:30 de la tarde en la Catedral de San Ignacio de Loyola. Sata Kothari ha dado presentaciones a nivel nacional e internacional y ha ganado varios reconocimientos, incluyendo uno el año pasado por su presentación en la Competencia Internacional de Piano Ibla en Italia.

“Estaba muy impresionada y me llegó al corazón su pasión (de Zapata) y quise ser parte de su misión”, comentó la pianista.

Kothari interpretará canciones de Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt y Robert Schumann.

Los boletos cuestan 10 dólares por adelantado y 15 dólares si los compra el sábado en la puerta. Zapata dice que su meta es vender 500 boletos, que sumarían 5.000 dólares. La misión usará el dinero durante el resto del año para ayudar a familias a salir de una emergencia, dijo Zapata. Cinco años más tarde, Zuluaga es ahora voluntario y ayuda a otras familias a superar el cambio de vida.

“(Tepeyac Mission) es una misión que ayuda a la gente sin ningún interés, sólo por darle la mano al que llega, sin importar la raza, religión o procedencia”, concluyó Zuluaga.

Concierto a beneficio de Tepeyac Mission Inc.
Dónde: Catedral de San Ignacio de Loyola,
9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens
Cuándo: Sábado, 6:30 p.m.
Boletos: $10 por adelantado y $15 en la entrada
Más información: Jaime Zapata (561) 627-4845

The Palm Beach Post – 08/26/07

The Sharon McDaniel Countdown: Five things these performing artists did on their summer vacations

By Sharon McDaniel
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yoko at IblaYoko Sata Kothari, pianist, North Palm Beach

Born in Japan, Yoko Kothari is a piano soloist, chamber musician, two-time recording artist and teacher. Last month, she won honorable mention at the 10-day Ibla International Piano Competition in Sicily. She was recognized for her exceptional performance of Bartok, a composer whose works have won her prizes on two continents.

After additional performances around Sicily, the Japanese-born pianist returned home to North Palm Beach to begin rehearsals with her chamber ensemble, the Trillium Piano Trio (piano, violin and cello). That’s when summer caught up with them.

“We were all stressed out,” Kothari remembers of the early days of August. “We needed to begin rehearsals but we were scattered, all coming from different directions. It’s as if we needed to come home to rest – and start working again!”

The trio performs next on the St. Paul Music Series on Sept. 30.

Sun-Sentinel – 05/01/06

May 1, 2006

TrilliumThe Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts a final concert featuring Trillium Piano Trio (Yoko Sata Kothari, piano; Suzanne Walter-Geissler, violin; Benjamin Salsbury, cello) for an 18th season of “Music at St. Paul’s” at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach.