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Kotaro Nagano

Kotaro Nagano
Born on 29 October 1988 in Tokyo, Kotaro trained under Dang Thai Son and is now a student of Claudio Soares.

He has won prizes in numerous competitions including the Taipei Chopin Competition (First Prize), the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition (First Prize, and People’s Choice Prize), the Halina Czerny-Stefanska Competition in Poznań (second Prize, and the prize for the best performance of a Nocturne by Chopin), and the Tokyo Piano Competition (First Prize). He has worked with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Kaohsiung and Poznań and with the Łomża Chamber Orchestra.
He has performed in cities across Japan as well as in Warsaw, Krakow, Łomża, Montreal, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Sydney and Aix-en-Provence.
With the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra Kotaro performed at the Antonin Chopin Festival.

After winning 1st prize at the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition in 2014, Kotaro returned to Australia in many occasions to perform at the Canberra International Music Festival, Polish Festival in Melbourne and a number of recitals at the Australian National University.

Kotaro was appointed to be a member of “Hachioji City Special Cheering Squad” to celebrate 100th birthday of municipal government.
Hachioji is Kotaro’s home town and he is scheduled to appear in many festivals throughout the year.


Jakub Čižmarovič

Jakub Čižmarovič
was born in Slovakia in 1985.
He was a student of Prof. Kämmerling in Hannover, Prof. Gililov in Cologne and Prof. Rouvier in Salzburg.
Frequent participations at master classes, such as with Lazar Berman or Dmitri Bashkirov, present an essential artistic enrichment for him.

At the age of sixteen, Jakub Čižmarovič made his début at the Kölner Philharmonie playing Chopin’s first piano concerto with the Gürzenich Orchestra Köln under the baton of James Conlon.

In 2002 he débuted as youngest artist at the Ruhr Piano Festival. He played with numerous orchestras, among others: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, WDR Radioorchestra Cologne.
He made his début in the United States at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
Jakub Čižmarovič continues to give concerts in numerous European and Asian countries.

A live recording with the works of Prokofiev has been released in France. Jakub Čižmarovič’s recording of works by Schumann and Liszt appeared in October 2004 on the “BMG Arte Nova Classics” Label, receiving the highest rating of the journal “FONO FORUM” in the field of interpretation.
In 2006 he recorded 3 Mozart concertos for the Diskant Label in Slovakia.


Nathanael Gouin

Nathanaël Gouin
Nathanaël Gouin is among the most promising young pianists of his generation.
He is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United-States of America through numerous concerts.
He was invited to give concerts during festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes or Le Festival international de piano à La Roque d’Anthéron (both in France), and at such venues as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels or la Cité de la Musique in Paris.
He frequently performs with orchestra and as a soloist.

Born in France in 1988, Nathanaël has been passionate about the eclecticism of music since he was 4 years old.
Trained at the Conservatoire National supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, at the Juilliard School in New York as well as at the Hochschule für music in Freiburg (Germany), Nathanaël is currently artist in residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo (Belgium) where he is being guided by Maria Joao Pires. Ms Pires present him to the public in the context of the Partitura project, in Japan, Spain, Germany and others country through a concept that assembles various generations of musicians to share the stage.

As well, Nathanël has created with Guillaume Chilemme a piano-violin duo, and together they released an acclaimed CD of sonatas by Ravel and Canal in 2014.
Nathanaël is the recipient of several prizes from various international competitions, such as the Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria (1st prize), the Swedish International Duo Competition (1st prize), and the Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon (France).
As well, Nathanael is a recipient of the Fondation d’entreprise Banque populaire and of the Fondation Meyer.


Alexei Tartakovsky

Alexei Tartakovsky
Alexei Tartakovsky is one of the most promising young virtuoso talents of his generation.
His beautiful sound, profound musicianship, superb technique and exciting artistic approach have thrilled audiences worldwide.

He first brought attention to his artistry by winning three top prizes in a one year span (2006-2007) at the Rolf and Brigitte Gardey International Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, The New York Piano Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) in New York, which resulted in his performing at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall).

Immediately after, he achieved great success at the James Mottram International Competition in Manchester (UK) and received 1st prize at the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport (Connecticut). The chairman of the jury, Gayle Martin Henry, said about him: “Tartakovsky is a monumental talent.
He has such a clear vision and ability to listen to himself.
He is very special.” The Westport newspaper “Patch” wrote: “Tartakovsky won the competition with unanimous decision by the judges, who called him a “phenomenal” and “first rate pianist”.

Since then, he has been extensively performing both solo and with orchestra in the USA, Europe and Asia.
As the winner of the New York Concert Artists International Competition, he performed in New York City and in Smetana Hall, Prague under the baton of Nurhan Arman.
His most recent performances in Holland at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Theater Odeon in Zwolle, as well as his performances in Poland, had a huge resonance and were broadcasted on Dutch Radio 4 and Polish Radio 2 throughout Europe.
Tartakovsky’s playing has also been broadcast on WQXR, New York City’s classical music station.
The New York Concert Review called him “a thoughtful and serious musician”.

A highlight of his career was his outstanding performance at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, where he reached the semifinal round.
He received high praise from members of the jury, including Martha Argerich, Adam Harasiewicz, and Akiko Ebi, who called him a “fantastic musician and pianist”.
In 2016, Alexei was awarded the French Prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition.


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