Young Pianist to Perform in Charity Recital

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Valerie Narumi at the Yamaha's 2010 National Junior Original Concert in Lexington, Mass., which featured 10 exceptional young performers from Yamaha Music Schools across North America.

A charity piano recital to benefit earthquake/tsunami relief work in Japan will be held on Sunday, June 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 E. First St. (between San Pedro and Central) in Little Tokyo.

It will feature classical piano repertoire, an original composition, and classical improvisation by Valerie Narumi, 12, of Yorba Linda, an accomplished young pianist, composer, and philanthropist. She has received many awards in competitions across the country and has performed her original piano and ensemble works at Yamaha’s national and regional junior original concerts in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and at the 2009 and 2010 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim.

In 2009, Valerie organized and performed two charity recitals to benefit UNICEF, and she continues to volunteer and share her musical talents at various community events throughout the year. She has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level, from President Obama for her outstanding community service. In addition, she enjoys playing the violin, figure skating, and art.

Valerie was named a “Shining Student for 2010” by OC Family Magazine and was featured in an article in the October 2010 Parenting OC Magazine. She aspires to become a medical doctor and to continue helping less fortunate children around the world with her charitable work and music.

Admission to the recital is free; donations collected will be sent to a Japan relief center via Koyasan headquarters in Japan. In addition, the headquarters plans to contribute $2 million to cover a two-year period for those who have lost their homes.

For more information, email [email protected] or call the temple at (213) 624-1267.

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