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Music in Style Shu Iwasaki Series Vol.39 ?Piano Duo?

Music in Style Shu Iwasaki Series Vol.39 ?Piano Duo?


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Shu Iwasaki (piano)
Alexander Yakovlev (piano)
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Small Hall
Fee: General 5,000 Students (university students and under) 3,000 Non-reserved seats


Mozart/Grieg: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K.545
[2 piano version]
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn for 2 pianos
Arensky: Four Suites for Two Pianos
Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 Op.17


Shu Iwasaki (Piano)
Born in Kurashiki City. Studied under Akiko Iguchi, Motonari Iguchi, J. Lataina, A. Benedetti Michelangeli, S. Lorenzi, and I. Freundrich at Toho Gakuen University, Hartford University, Juilliard School, and Chigiana School of Music. In 1967, he won the 3rd prize in the duo section of the Munich International Music Competition. Received the Best Accompanist Award at the 1968 Budapest and 1970 Tchaikovsky International Music Competitions. Since then, he has performed and recorded many recordings with famous musicians such as J. Starker, P. Tortelier, PL. Graf, I. Perlman, A. Navarra, I. Gitlis, U. Ughi, M. Maisky, and M. Gendron. Since 1976, he has presided over "Shu Iwasaki Music in Style". Received the 1989 Art Festival Award. For 18 years since 1979, he has organized the "Okinawa Moon Beach Music Camp & Festival" and since 1997 the "Okinawa International Music Festival" with his younger brother Kou Iwasaki. For 20 years he taught chamber music classes with Professor R. Brengola at the Conservatoire de Chigiana in Siena. He has given masterclasses in Gubbio, Rovere, Italy, and Courchevel, France.
Currently, in addition to his performance activities, he is a jury member at the Cantu International Music Competition in Italy, chief jury member at the 3rd Takamatsu International Piano Competition, and acting music director. He has served as a professor at Toho Gakuen Graduate School and a visiting professor at Shobi Gakuen University Graduate School, and is currently a visiting professor at Mukogawa Women's University and Kurashiki Sakuyo University. Advisor of the Kurashiki City Cultural Promotion Foundation. He presides over the chamber music group Caro Rosa. Chairman of the International Music Festival Young Prague Japan Executive Committee. His publications include "Ensemble no Joy", "Pianist's Everyday Basic Practice Book" (both published by Shunjusha), and "If there is music" (co-authored by Ko Iwasaki/Kibito Publishing).
In 2005, he received the Fukutake Cultural Award, and in 1999, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Norway. In January 2014, he received the 24th Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Music Award Special Award, and the 26th Music Pen Club Music Award Classical Category Special Award in February of the same year.

Alexander Yakovlev (piano)
Born in Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia. Studied at the Rostov-on-Don Music School, studied under Sergei Osipenko (a pupil of the legendary pianist Lev Oborin), and studied composition with Leonid Klinichev. After that, he studied under Alexei Lyubimov at the Salzburg Mozarteum Conservatory and under Pascal Devaillon at the Berlin University of the Arts.
His glorious history of winning awards began when he won the 2006 Frédéric Chopin International Competition held in Rome, Italy, and was presented with a grand piano. 2006-2012 Geneva International Piano Competition, Lina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition (Italy), Ettore Pozzuoli International Piano Competition (Italy), Presidential Prize for Contribution to Italian Culture in 2013 ), Cantu International Piano Competition, Artur Schnabel International Piano Competition (Berlin), Monterrey International Piano Competition (Mexico), Parnassus International Piano Competition and Cincinnati International Piano Competition (USA), etc. decorate the He regularly performs in Europe, America and Japan, and has appeared in many major halls around the world.
Orchestras so far include the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, and the Serate Musicale in Milan. , with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with conductors such as S. Kogan, R. Martynov, O. Balan, D. Jablonsky, K. Nagano, JB. Guest artist at Teatro Real in Spain.
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