Penn State horn professor Lisa Bontrager and her MirrorImage collaborator, Michelle Stebleton (Florida State University), have released a new CD on the MSR Classics label. Titled "On Safari: MirrorImage Goes Wild," the CD features a collection of new works written for for two horns and piano, all but one commissioned by the horn duo. They are assisted by pianist Tomoko Kanamaru and Penn State alumni percussionist Jaren Angud. The CD features new music written by Paul Basler, Michael Daugherty, Laurence Lowe, James Naigus, Mark Schultz, Luis Szaran, and Maureen Young.
MirrorImage maintains an active international performance schedule. Multifaceted musicians and professional teachers, Bontrager and Stebleton formed MirrorImage to offer versatile horn music programming in solo, chamber and educational settings. Through their efforts, they have performed recitals throughout the United States, Europe and South America, and double concerti with several orchestras. Frequently the recipient of grants, MirrorImage has commissioned numerous works from leading composers. Their blended sound and performance style originated in the highly regarded Louis J. Stout horn studio, based at the School of Music of the University of Michigan.
Often described as a charismatic pianist, Tomoko Kanamaru has been performing as a versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. Since her concerto debut with Savannah Symphony in December 2000, she has appeared with the Toledo Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Middletown Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Annapolis Symphony. Equally active in chamber music, Kanamaru has performed with the Philharmonic Quintet of New York and made guest appearances for the New York Philharmonic ensembles at Merkin Hall. Kanamaru performed in the New York Chamber Music Festival for three seasons, including the September 11 Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert.