Cathleen Read

Private Lessons Faculty, Koto

Cathleen Read, B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Wesleyan University. Studied sokyoku (koto music) of the Yamada School for twenty years. In 1974, she became the first foreigner to join a professional Yamada School musicians' guild, when she was admitted into the shachu of Nakanoshima Kin'ichi-Sensei, one of Japan's renowned artists, and given the performing name Ayakano. Ms. Read has concertized widely in the United States, Japan and West Africa.