Kurt Kanazawa

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Alumnus of the famed Juilliard School, Kurt Kanazawa is half-Japanese and half-Filipino American. Speaking four languages fluently (Italian, French, English, Japanese), his extensive classical music and linguistic experiences as a professional opera singer have broadened his skills as a global screen actor with appearances on ABC's Grey's Anatomy (2018), RAI 1’s Provaci ancora Prof! (2017), as well as two-time Academy-Award winning filmmaker Allan Miller’s I SING BEIJING in a live concert broadcast on Chinese National TV.  Opera credits include The Rape of Lucretia (hailed by Opera News and The New York Times) and A Hand of Bridge (New World Symphony), as well as concert engagements in Aix-en-Provence, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Milano and Paris. Theater credits include Hamlet Q Jones (Edinburgh Festival Fringe - awarded Top 30 Show and Top 10 Shakespeare Performances by The Scotsman), Alice Tuan’s Cocks Crow (Ojai Playwright’s Conference), Qui Nguyen’s World Premiere One-Act (Rising Phoenix Repertory), as well as Y York’s Nothing is the Same (Sierra Madre Playhouse) directed by Tim Dang. A Los Angeles native, Kurt attended Harvard-Westlake High School and holds his BA in Liberal Arts from Columbia University. His late grandmother, Shimeji Kanazawa, was known as “The Florence Nightingale of Hawaii” for her work under the Swedish Consulate as chief liaison between the Japanese civilian internees and the US Military Government during WWII. She was later honored by the American Red Cross for her wartime service, and as also appointed by Presidents Regan, Carter, and Clinton respectively, to the National Advisory Committee on Aging. Kurt dedicates these performances to her lasting legacy of selfless giving.