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Piano: Tomoki Kitamura

Tomoki Kitamura, piano


Born in Aichi prefecture. Started playing the piano at the age of 3. So far, 3rd prize at the 6th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, 5th prize at the 9th Sydney International Piano Competition and 3 special prizes, 5th prize at the 18th Leeds International Piano Competition, 7th Bon Telecom Beethoven International Piano Competition Won 2nd prize in piano competition.

Won the 1st prize and the Grand Jury Prize (common to all divisions) at the 3rd Tokyo Music Competition. Since then, he has appeared in regular concerts of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, etc., and has performed with orchestras and given recitals not only in Japan but throughout Europe. , chamber music, and regular performances on period instruments. Pavel Gililov said, "An extraordinary sense of time. It's like listening to an orchestra played by a wonderful conductor." Shigeru), etc., and in September 2020, at the "B → C" sponsored by the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation, this epoch-making concert that made full use of four keyboard instruments and performed Cage and others is "Japan's It is no exaggeration to say that it was an important night in the history of piano performance.” From 2019, he has held his own recital project "Real-time".

Recordings from Fontek include "Towards a Distant Lover: A Perspective from Schumann's Fantasia", "Portrait of the Night", "In the Twilight - Brahms/Liszt/Berg Works", "Bagatellen", and "Cage". Released Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (won the 76th Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival Award for Excellence in the Record Division), which has been well received in major papers such as Record Geijutsu.

After graduating from Aichi Prefectural Meiwa High School Music Department, entered Tokyo University of the Arts, and since 2011 studied piano at Berlin University of the Arts, graduating with the highest grades.
He has studied under Megumi Ito, Eva Pobwodka, and Reiner Becker. Currently, he is working on historical performance research under Jesper Christensen at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

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