Naoya Kanai

Musician


San Francisco, CA
cello
14 Played at 14 groupmuses!

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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.

Traditional Repertoire

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

Performed groupmuses (14)

Springtime Muse in Palo Alto

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 5:30 PM
  • Palo Alto

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Transfigured Afternoon

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 2:00 PM
  • Twin Peaks, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Silks and Strings with Seanna Sharpe

  • Friday, August 7, 2015, at 8:30 PM
  • South of Market, San Francisco San Francisco, CA
  • $25 tickets

This groupmuse happened almost 7 years ago

Muse on Webster IV — Fauré and Barrière

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 5:00 PM
  • Professorville, Palo Alto

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Live Classical Music in Duboce Triangle

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • Duboce Triangle, SF San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened about 3 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse December

  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened over 4 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse October

  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened almost 5 years ago

You had me at CELLO!

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 6:30 PM
  • Upper Civic Center, SF

This groupmuse happened almost 5 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse July

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Why Cello!

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • South of Market, SF San Francisco, CA
  • $20 tickets ($15 for supermusers}

This groupmuse happened about 5 years ago

Sunset music in the treehouse

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 5:00 PM
  • Upper Rockridge, Oakland Oakland, CA

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Embassy Groupmuse

  • Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 7:30 PM
  • Lower Haight, San Francisco

This groupmuse happened about 6 years ago

Groupmuse on Sunday, December 6

  • Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 4:00 PM
  • Castro Valley, California Castro Valley, California

This groupmuse happened over 6 years ago

Elie's third groupmuse

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 8:00 PM
  • North Beach, San Francisco San Francisco, CA

This groupmuse happened over 7 years ago