Naoya Kanai @naoya

cello

San Francisco, CA
15 Played at 15 groupmuses!

Naoya Kanai @naoya

cello

About

I'm a cellist based in the Bay Area - homegrown in Palo Alto, living in the City, and occasionally venturing out into the South Bay and East Bay. I studied at Stanford with Chris Costanza and the St. Lawrence String Quartet while majoring in Human Biology and continued in the master's program at Juilliard with Fred Sherry. Having spent time in New York and Tokyo, I now freelance around the Bay while moonlighting as a data scientist at Airbnb.

Music

Solo cello:
Bach Suites 1-6
Kodaly Sonata
Cassado Suite
Britten Suite 1
Hindemith Sonata
Crumb Sonata
Bright Sheng Seven Tunes Heard in China
Golijov Omaramor
Ligeti Sonata

Sonatas w/ piano
Beethoven No. 1-5
Brahms Em, F
Mendelssohn D
Barber
Chopin
Debussy
Fauré No. 2
Shostakovich
Carter
Franck
Poulenc
Schubert Arpeggione
Prokofiev

Concertos:
Saint-Saens
Haydn C, D
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations
Schumann
Dvorak
Shostakovich 1, 2
Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante
Dutilleux
Elgar
Barber

Other:
Schumann Fantasiestücke, 5 Stücke in Volkston
Piazzolla Le Grand Tango

Programs

Host one of these programs in your space!

Past groupmuses (15)

  • Groupmuse on Webster VI

    Saturday, Apr 22, 2023 6:00 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: University South, Palo Alto
    • Composers: Schumann, Bach, Brahms, Shaw, Chopin
    • Instruments: piano, viola, cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 1 year ago

  • Muse on Webster IV — Fauré and Barrière

    Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 5:00 PM PST

    • Neighborhood: Professorville, Palo Alto
    • Composers: Faure, Barrière
    • Instruments: Piano Quartet, Cello Duo
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 4 years ago

  • Live Classical Music in Duboce Triangle

    Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 7:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Duboce Triangle, SF
    • Composers: Beethoven, Schubert
    • Instruments: String Quartet, String Quintet
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened almost 5 years ago

  • Embassy Groupmuse December

    Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 7:30 PM PST

    • Neighborhood: Lower Haight, San Francisco
    • Composers: Debussy, Mozart, Ravel
    • Instruments: Violin, Piano
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 6 years ago

  • Embassy Groupmuse October

    Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 7:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Lower Haight, San Francisco
    • Composers: Brahms, Schubert
    • Instruments: Piano Trio
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 6 years ago

  • You had me at CELLO!

    Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 6:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Upper Civic Center, SF
    • Instruments: Cello, Piano, Cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 6 years ago

  • Transfigured Afternoon

    Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 2:00 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Twin Peaks, SF
    • Composers: Schoenberg
    • Instruments: Cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened almost 7 years ago

  • Embassy Groupmuse July

    Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 7:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Lower Haight, San Francisco
    • Composers: Beethoven, Schumann
    • Instruments: Violin, Cello, and Piano
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened almost 7 years ago

  • Massivemuse

    Why Cello!

    Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 7:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: South of Market, SF
    • Price: $20 tickets ($15 for Supermusers)

    Happened almost 7 years ago

  • Springtime Muse in Palo Alto

    Saturday, May 6, 2017 5:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Palo Alto
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 7 years ago

  • Sunset music in the treehouse

    Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 5:00 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Upper Rockridge, Oakland
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 7 years ago

  • Embassy Groupmuse

    Sunday, Jun 26, 2016 7:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: Lower Haight, San Francisco
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened almost 8 years ago

  • Groupmuse on Sunday, December 6

    Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 4:00 PM PST

    • Neighborhood: Castro Valley, California
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 8 years ago

  • Silks and Strings with Seanna Sharpe

    Friday, Aug 7, 2015 8:30 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: South of Market, San Francisco
    • Price: $25 tickets

    Happened almost 9 years ago

  • Elie's third groupmuse

    Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 8:00 PM PDT

    • Neighborhood: North Beach, San Francisco
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 9 years ago