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Elizaveta Ukrainskaia

Shiori Kuwahara

Shiori Kuwahara was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1995.

She studied at Tokyo University of the Arts under Professor Kei Itoh and graduated with the highest award in 2018.

Since winning the 2nd prize of the Tokyo Music Competition at the age of 16, she has won the 2nd prize and audience award of the Music Competition of Japan, the 2nd prize of Maria Canals International Music Competition and Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition, the second prize and the prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Busoni at the 62nd Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano,Italy in 2019.

In 2021, she attracted acclaim at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv where she won the Silver Medal.

She has appeared in numerous recitals and music festivals in Germany, Italy, Prague, Vienna, Honolulu, and Japan.

She performed concerto at Dvorak Hall in Prague and has performed with many major orchestras. She has been studying under Professor Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) since 2018. She is a scholarship student of the Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation.


Maiko Ami

Kate Liu

Kate Liu gained international acclaim after winning the Bronze Medal and Best Mazurka Prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland. She was also awarded the audience favorite prize voted by the Polish public on the Polish National Radio.

As a soloist, Kate has performed in many important venues, such as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, La Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and others. She has collaborated with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Polish Radio Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Her debut album of works by Chopin was released on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute label in 2016.

Kate was born in Singapore in 1994. Early on in her career, she won 1st Prizes at the Third Asia-Pacific International Chopin Competition and the New York International Piano Competition. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Robert McDonald, and completed her Master’s and Artist Diploma Degrees at the Juilliard School with Robert McDonald and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Her previous studies were at the Music Institute of Chicago with Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario.


Daniel Ciobanu

Daniel Ciobanu first attracted international acclaim in 2017 at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv where he won both the Silver Medal and Audience Prize. He subsequently appeared at Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, St John’s Smith Square in London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and toured in Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Brazil.

Ciobanu’s distinctive musical personality and technical command has led to performances with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen replacing Radu Lupu, Israel Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and George Enescu Philharmonic; future concerto performances include debuts with the Dresdener Staatskapelle, Zurich Tonhalle and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.

In 2010 he made his Royal Festival Hall debut, and since then he has given solo recitals in venues such as Munich Gasteig, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozarteum, Auditorium de Radio France, Salle Cortot and Fazioli Hall in Sacile. In 2017 Ciobanu founded the Neamt Music Festival in his home town of Piatra Neamt in Romania, to create a fresh and innovative international platform for the cream of today’s young artists.

Ciobanu started learning the piano at the age of nine. He went on to win scholarships to study in Scotland, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He completed his studies at the École Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris with Marian Rybicki and in the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Pascal Devoyon and Markus Groh.


Atsushi Imada

Can Çakmur

Turkish pianist Can Çakmur is the first prize winner of the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 (where he also won the Chamber Music Prize) and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017.

Can has performed in a variety of concert halls worldwide; including Wigmore Hall in London, Glasgow Concert Hall, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Tokyo Opera City, Muza Kawasaki Hall as well as the most prestigious concert venues in his homeland, Turkey. He has appeared in the most important classical music festivals in the country including the Istanbul Music Festival, where he headlined the opening concert in 2015 with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under Sascha Goetzel.

2019/20 season saw him successfully debut with numerous European, Japanese and Turkish orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Telavi International Music Festival Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra as well as the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and in halls such as Paris Salle Cortot and Wigmore Hall.

Recent and forthcoming season highlights include Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Carnival of the Animals with MDR Sinfonieorchester, Mozart and Addinsell Concertos with Camerata Schweiz at KKL Luzern. Can’s latest SACD released in last October with BIS Records, featuring Franz Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s Schwanengesang has received glowing reviews from international critics. With this groundbreaking album Can won the Young Artist of the Year at the International Classical Music Awards in January.

Can was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1997. Currently, he is continuing his music studies under the guidance of Prof. Grigory Gruzman of the Weimar University of Music.


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