Silversea guests have voted loud and clear. Their favourite star entertainer for 2011 is classical pianist Tomono Kawamura.

After tallying up the guest questionnaires, Ms Kawamura scored the highest marks of all entertainers performing on Silversea ships over the past year.

On 5 February, she was presented with the award at the gala cocktail reception hosted by Captain Cataldo De Stefano to welcome guests aboard Silver Shadow. Cruise Director Kirk Detweiler stands next to Ms Kawamura in above picture, as she accepts her award from the Captain.

This is just the latest achievement in this pianist's distinguished career. She has won a number of competitions in her native Japan, including first prize at the PTC Piano Competition. As a result of these prizes, she played at a number of gala concerts in the major halls of Tokyo, including Casals Hall and Orchard Hall.

She has written over twenty pieces, including a piano concerto. She has performed her compositions all over Japan. Her performances of those pieces were broadcast on television and also recorded on CD by Yamaha.

In 2000, Ms Kawamura was awarded a scholarship by the Yamaha Music Foundation to study with Christopher Elton and visiting professor Maria Curcio at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was awarded scholarships and won numerous prizes.

In recent years, Ms Kawamura has appeared both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Asia, Europe and the UK, in such venues as the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Most recently she has performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 and Mozart Piano Concerto K491 in Draper's Hall, London, as well as successful recitals in Japan.

We are honoured to have artists of such exceptional calibre performing on Silversea stages ... and to the enormous delight of our guests.

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