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Tsunehito Nakai & Miwako Takeda Piano Duo Recital

Tsunehito Nakai & Miwako Takeda Piano Duo Recital


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Tsunehito Nakai & Miwako Takeda Piano Duo Recital

Duo 20th Anniversary & New Album CD Release Concert

November 21, 2019 (Thursday) Start 19:00 (Doors open 18:30)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Small Hall (5-45 Ueno Park, Taito-ku TEL: 03-3828-2111)

Price: All unreserved seats 5,000 yen

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C. Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

Guests: Tomoko Kato, Ayumu Sasaki (violin), Ryo Sasaki (viola), Yoko Hasegawa (cello), Shu Yoshida (contrabass)

Hiroaki Kanda (flute), Yoshinobu Kamei (clarinet), Hikaru Kojima, Mana Koshino (percussion)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 Version for two pianos by F. Liszt

Performer profile

Piano duo Tsunehito Nakai & Miwako Takeda

Piano Duo Miwako Takeda & Nobuhito Nakai

The only piano duo in Japan, and very rare in the world, to have won prizes in both the solo and duo divisions of competitions affiliated with the World Federation of International Music Competitions WFIMC. After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Graduate School of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, the couple studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum Musikhochschule. Studied piano duo under A. Kontarski. Formed a duo in 1999, won a prize at the Murray Dranoff International Double Piano Competition (USA) in the same year, and started a full-fledged duo activity, starting with recitals in the United States for three consecutive days. In Japan, they have performed many piano duo recitals all over the country, and have received high praise, such as "A true duo that Japan is proud of and a musician of Eishun." Released 6th duo CD "An die Freude" in August. Both "From the New World & Slavic Dance Collection" and "Fantasy" were selected as special editions of Record Geijutsu magazine and aired on ANA international audio programs. Appeared on NHK-BS TV "Meikyoku Tantei Amadeus", "Pia no Pia", and FM "Meikyoku Recital". Received the Kurushima Takehiko Cultural Award. In recent years, he has performed at music festivals in France and has given many recitals in Germany and England, and has been acclaimed in newspapers with the highest quality words, "musical art that deserves the title of knight." He has also been invited to teach and perform at the MusicAlp International Music Academy in France and the Jirisan International Music Festival in South Korea. A concert in China is also scheduled for this year. Both are Fukoku Seimei partner artists.



Tsunehito Nakai (piano)

Nobuhito NAKAI,Piano

Studied abroad in Germany as a DAAD scholarship student. 3rd Prize, Brahms International Music Competition, Audience Award, 1st Prize, Senigallia International Piano Competition, Chamber Music Prize, Lied Accompaniment Prize, Viotti International Music Competition '97 (Vercelli), 3rd Prize, Prague Spring International Music Competition Diploma, Mavi Marcotte International Piano Competition Highest Place. Studied under Yoko Watanabe, Morio and Mutsuko Tozawa, Susumu Umetani, Katsumi Ueda, G Opitz, and K=H Kenmarling. He has collaborated with many orchestras both in Japan and abroad, such as the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by G. Bertini and the Beethoven Piano Concerto Complete Concert (Italy) commemorating the 100th anniversary of W. Kemp's birth. A concert of all of Brahms' piano works (solo, duet, two pianos) was held. Released the CD "Brahms". Currently, Toho Gakuen University Piano Section Chief Professor, Nagoya College of Music Visiting Professor.

Miwako Takeda (piano)

Miwako TAKEDA,Piano

All Japan Student Music Competition High School Division 1st place in Hokkaido, 2nd place in East Japan, 3rd place in Maria Canals International Music Competition, Special Jury Prize, Viotti International Music Competition '98 (Vercelli) 3rd prize, He has won prizes at international competitions such as Palma d'Oro, Rome, Mazara del Barro, Mavi Marcos and Ennio Polino. Studied under Hiro Murata, Kaori Mizuta, Katsumi Ueda, M. Huwenrieder, and A. Kontarski. Co-starred with Rai Italia National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oradea Phil (Romania), etc. In his performance of Mozart, he was praised by Mr. I. Hebler and Mr. P. Lang, who are world authorities. Released the CDs "Miwako Takeda Playlist" and "Cantando Angelico". Lecturer at Ueno Gakuen University, Saitama Prefectural Omiya Koryo High School, and Toho Gakuen University Graduate School.


Tomoko Kato (violin)

In 1982, he won the 2nd prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He has performed with orchestras, recitals, and chamber music around the world. Professor at Toho Gakuen University.

Ayumu Sasaki (violin)

After graduating from the music department of Toho Girls' High School, she moved to the United States. Received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School. Currently a lecturer at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, a music class for children attached to Toho Gakuen University Music Department.

Ryo Sasaki (viola)

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. Received the Ataka Prize while in school. After studying at the Juilliard School, he participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. Joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2004, and has been the principal player since 2008.

Yoko Hasegawa (cello)

He has performed with many major orchestras in Japan and abroad, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has received numerous awards, including the Rostropovich International Contest Special Prize and the Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Prize.
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Shu Yoshida (contrabass)

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. Principal player of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo College of Music, Visiting Professor at Soai University, Part-time Lecturer at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts.

Hiroaki Kanda (flute)

Principal flutist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, professor at Toho Gakuen University, visiting professor at Osaka University of Arts, lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. Completed graduate school at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Yoshinobu Kamei (clarinet)

After graduating from the music department of Toho Girls' High School, she went to France. Recognized by Boulez, he served as a soloist in the ZINGARO Equestrian Opera. Received the Idemitsu Music Award. Associate professor at Toho Gakuen University.

Hikaru Kojima (percussion)

After graduating from the percussion department of Toho Gakuen University, he enrolled in the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra for 41 years.

Specially Appointed Professor, Department of Percussion, Faculty of Music, Toho Gakuen University Lecturer, Department of Percussion, Showa University of Music.

Mana Koshino (percussion)

Graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae. Completed the Toho Orchestra Academy. In 2016, he joined the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as a percussionist.