Artists profile

George Harliono

George Harliono
British pianist George Harliono was invited to make his first one hour long, solo recital at the age of nine and since then has performed in numerous locations both in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia, appearing at venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Chicago Symphony Centre.

In 2013 he was invited to record Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op.2 No.1 at the Southbank Centre in London. In 2016 his performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at the Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory was broadcast live on Russian national TV and streamed live on Medici TV.

Since his concerto debut at the age of 12 he has been a regular performer with orchestras including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Mariinsky Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra and Ealing Symphony Orchestra. George also regularly performs alongside eminent artists such as Lang Lang and Denis Matsuev and has worked with many renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky, Evgeny Shestakov and Francesco Milioto.

George has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions throughout the world including The Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah and Dinu Lipatti Piano Competition in Bucharest.

Most recently he performed with The Mariinsky Orchestra in Vladivostok, Russia under the baton of Valery Gergiev and was also invited to perform a recital as part of the Scherzo Young Series in Madrid. Scherzo is the most important piano series in Madrid and has previously featured artists such as Yuja Wang and Mitsuko Uchida.

He studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche (Chair of International Keyboard Studies and Head of Keyboard, Royal College of Music in London) and travels to Switzerland to work with his mentor, renowned pianist professor Vovka Ashkenazy and also his father Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has taken masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Lang Lang and Vladimir Ovchinikov among others. George also works closely with Alexander Sladkovsky who has taken a personal interest in his development as an artist.

“George Harliono is very talented, he’s got a phenomenal career ahead of him.” Says the acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.

George began studying at The Royal College of Music for a BMUS Degree on a full four year scholarship in September of last year. He is one of the youngest students ever to be accepted onto this course.

This year he was shortlisted for an award in the ‘Sound of Classical Poll’ at the Classic BRIT Awards in London, which promotes the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music.

Upcoming engagements for George include performances with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, The Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky and an open air performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at the Jurmala Festival in Latvia. George will also be giving a concerto performance at the Berliner Philharmonie.


Mao Fujita

Mao Fujita
Born in Tokyo in 1998, Mao Fujita began studying the piano at the age of three.

In 2017, while still a freshman at the Tokyo College of Music, Mao won the 27th Concours International De Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, also winning three special awards—the “Audience Award,” the “Prix Modern Times,” and the “Prix Coup de Coeur.” This achievement earned him international attention.

Mao has won numerous awards inside and outside Japan. In 2010, he received 1st Prize in the Junior Section of “The World Classic” (Taiwan) and 1st Prize in the elementary school division of the national competition of the Student Music Concours of Japan.
He also won 1st Prize at the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Austria in 2013, 1st Prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in 2015, 1st Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition, and 3rd Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States in 2016.

In 2013, Mao gave his solo debut recital at Tsuda Hall. Since then he has been invited to perform recitals both in Japan and in international festivals including the Chopin Summer Festival in Poland, the World Festival in Assisi, Italy, and the Festival Next Generation in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.
He has performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and others, under the batons of Shigeo Genda, Norichika Iimori, Naoto Otomo, Rei Hotoda, Christian Zacharias, and Lu Jia.

In 2013, Mao released his first album, Mao Fujita (NYCC-10001) which was the first CD release on “Naxos Cresciendo,” Naxos Japan’s new label for young musicians. His second album, Young Virtuoso, (NYCC-27296) was released in 2015, winning high acclaim.

Mao Fujita is freshman studying as a special scholarship student in the Piano Performance for Talented Student Division at the Tokyo College of Music.
He studies piano with Professor Minoru Nojima, Professor Kazuko Sumi and Mr. Hiroo Sato, and solfeggio with Mr. Yo Nishio.
He is a 2017 scholarship student of the Aoyama Foundation.


Kenny Broberg

Kenny Broberg
A native of Minneapolis, pianist Kenny Broberg won the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with performances marked by “an imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of momentum” (Texas Classical Review).

He continues to build a reputation for fresh interpretations, distinguished by a “bright, pearly tone quality” and “a clean, pellucid beauty” in his sound (Star Tribune).

Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Kenny has previously performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Minnesota, Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Chamber, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others, working with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas Milton, Nicholas McGegan, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Stilian Kirov.

During the 2017–2018 season, he made his subscription concert debut with the Minnesota Orchestra—stepping in for André Watts days before the performance—which was declared “a highly auspicious debut, marked by poise [and] technical brilliance” (Star Tribune).

Other recent highlights include residencies at the Methow Chamber, Strings, and Sunriver Music Festivals, and recitals in Houston, Denver, and Minneapolis, and in Italy and the United Kingdom.

In the 2018–2019 season, Kenny performs at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Festival Virée Classique and makes his return to London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recital and orchestra engagements will take him to Minneapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and other cities across North America, and he makes his debut performances in Asia, with appearances in Shanghai and across Japan.

He has been featured on NPR, WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, MPR, and ABC (Australia) radio, and several of his performances at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition were included on CDs released on the Universal Music Australia label.

His solo debut album was released in August 2017 on the Decca Gold label, featuring one of his signature works, the Barber Piano Sonata, as well as works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, and Franck.

The first musician in his family, Kenny started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents.

He studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016.

He currently resides in Parkville, Missouri, under the guidance of 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University.

Alongside his teachers, he is influenced by the recordings of Alfred Cortot, William Kapell, and Claudio Arrau.

A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, he still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz and reading.


Kaoru Jitsukawa

Kaoru Jitsukawa
Kaoru Jitsukawa was born in 1989.

He awarded 1st prize of Caraglio International Piano Competition in Caraglio/Italy in 2016.

3rd prize(not awarded 1st prize) of Long Thibaud Crespin International Competition in Paris in 2015.

He invited Alsonore in Graz(2017, Austria), Chopin Night in Nohant(2015, France), Seoul International Music Festival(2012, Korea).

He has played concertos with Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and major Orchestras in Japan for example, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra etc.

Alongside his work as a soloist, he often plays chamber music with other instrumentals’ players.

He has graduated Tokyo University of the Arts as top of his grade, and has graduated the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts in Tokyo.

He also finished studying with Prof. Markus Schirmer at University of the Arts in Graz.


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