Cana Kashima, classical pianist, began studying piano at the age of 6 under Akiko Hasunuma in Burbank, California. In 2016, she completed the Certificate of Merit program and the National Guild program through the Music Teachers Association of California.
She continued her studies under Manami Kawamura from 2018 to 2020 at Pasadena City College, where she received two Associates in Arts Degree in Music and Humanities. A recipient of two Robert and Adrienne Westerbeck Scholarships, she gave her first solo piano recital at Westerbeck Recital Hall. While at Pasadena City College, she also performed in a masterclass with Professor Alan Chow and was chosen to serve as translator for an international masterclass with Professor Craig Richey. During this time, she also received the Grand Prize for a piano quartet performance in a Piano Ensemble Competition at Fullerton College.
In 2022, she graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Music, piano performance degree, studying under Dr. Lorna Griffitt. Ms. Kashima was a recipient of the UCI Claire Trevor School for the Arts Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Scholarship and the Dean’s Scholarship. She will be attending the 2022 Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
Ms. Kashima loves sharing her joy of music with others through teaching. She teaches a wide range of students, whether adults or children, ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced. She prepares her students for recitals, exams, and competitions and loves helping each of them grow in piano.