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Kate Liu, USA

Evgeni Bozhanov
Evgeni Bozhanov was born in 1984 in Roussé, Bulgaria, and began piano lessons at the age of six. He made his public debut in his hometown when he was twelve, playing a Mozart piano concerto.

In 2001, Evgeni Bozhanov went to study in Germany. His international career started after he won prizes at several competitions, including the Svjatoslav Richter in Moscow, the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels and the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2010/11, Evgeni Bozhanov appeared in Brussels and toured Japan, playing Beethoven’s 3rd and Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto. He took part in the 3rd Abu Dhabi Classics season with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI under Juraj Valčuha, opened the 2011 Sofia Festival in May with a solo recital and played recitals at the Lille Piano Festival as well as at the Festival La Roque d´Anthéron and the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival.

In the following seasons he made his debuts at the Musikverein Vienna, the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Royal Festival Hall London and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.
Recitals followed in Munich, Essen, Aachen and Krakow as well as at the Schubertiade Vilabertran (Spain), the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon and the Serate Musicali Milan. Furthermore he played with the Swedish Radio Orchestra Stockholm and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
He has been on tour with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Yutaka Sado in Japan, toured Europe with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI under Juraj Valčuha and played concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and Tugan Sokhiev as well as with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the BR Kammerorchester München.

More recently he played recitals in Munich, Oporto, Toulouse, Salzburg and Milan Serate Musicali as well as concerts with Ensemble Wien (soloists of the Wiener Philharmoniker) at the Musikverein, and with the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Haydn Bolzano.

With the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of Yutaka Sado, Evgeni Bozhanov performed his 4th Japan Tour which culminated with a solo recital at the Suntory Hall. Highlights of 2016 and 2017 will be recitals in Munich, Warsaw, Lisbon, Piano Festival di Brescia Bergamo, Palermo, Coimbra, concerts with the Athens State Orchestra at the Flanders Festival in Ghent, Orchestra Toscanini in Parma, Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Malmö Symphony, Liverpool Philharmonic, the Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, the Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
At the Royal Festival Hall in London he will have concerts with the Philharmonia under the baton of Juraj Valcuha and with the Tonkünstler Orchester conductor Yutaka Sado, he will play at the Wiener Musikverein.
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Balazs Demeny, Hungary

Balazs Demeny
Balázs Demény was born in 1989 in Cluj-Napoca and began his piano studies in the „Sigismund Toduţă” music school in Pál Buzás’s class.
He continues his studies in the „Bartók Béla” music highschool in Budapest as a student of Gábor Eckhardt.
From september 2009 he is in the „Liszt Ferenc” Music Academy as a student of András Kemenes.
From 2011 he is studying simultaneously in Budapest and Berlin, at the „Hanns Eisler” Hochschule für Musik, with Georg Sava, then from 2013 he is attending his „Solist-Master” Studies at „Universität der Künste” Berlin, studying with prof. Pascal Devoyon.

In the season 2014/15 he is invited by prestigious events and halls such as the Budapest Spring Festival, the Liszt Academy Budapest Grand Hall, the Palace of Arts Grand Hall Budapest or the Gasteig München, Berliner Philharmonie, Atheneum Bucharest.

He was awarded by more national and international competitions, like Chopin International Piano Competition, organized by „György Ferenczy” foundation in Budapest (2006, II. Prize), International „Hungarian Music Festival and Competition” in Bucharest (2009, I.Prize and recitals in Bruxelles and Paris), International „Sigismund Toduţă” Piano Competition in Cluj ( 2011,I. Prize).
In 2012 he was awarded the „PianistInnen” and „Kodály” special prize at the „ISA Prag-Wien-Budapest” Music Festival and the winner of the „Géza Anda” scholarship awarded by the Géza Anda foundation in Zürich. In 2013 he is awarded I. prize at „Carl Filtsch” International Competition.
He is the winner of the „Hans von Bülow” International piano competition in Meiningen, Germany, also awarded by the audience prize and numerous special prizes.

He gave recitals in Budapest, Berlin, Bucharest (debut concert in the Atheneum Palace), Bruxelles, Paris, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Sfântu Gheorge, Odorheiu-Secuiesc, Tg.-Mureş, and concerts with different orchestras (Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Tg.-Mures, Sfântu Gheorghe, Satu Mare, Oradea, Arad, Timisoara).
He has worked along conductors like Gábor Hollerung, Ligeti András, Mihail Agafiţa, Ion Ilarion Galati, Alfonso Saura, Theo Wolthers, Gheorghe Costin, Dorin Frandeş, Horváth József, Jankó Zsolt, István Novák.

He has participated in masterclasses held by György Kurtág, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Péter Nagy, Dmitri Bashkirov or Arie Vardi

Beside his rich solo- and chamber music repertiore he is often performing Bach D-major and f-minor, Haydn D-major, Mozart A-major KV 488 and C major KV 467, Beethoven G major, Schumann-a minor, Liszt E-flat major and Totentanz, Tchaikovsky b-flat minor or Bartók 3rd piano concertos.


Kaito Kobayashi, Japan

Kaito Kobayashi
Born in 1995 in Yokohama, Japan, Kaito Kobayashi began his music studies in the Yamaha Music School at the age of four, taking lessons in piano, composition, and general musicianship, and since 2008 till 2014, he had been studying at the Yamaha Master Class.  In 2014, he graduated the Ueno Gakuen Senior High School, Music Course (course for performers) as a scholars.
He has gotten many prizes at Japanese competitions including the Kanagawa Music Competition, the All-Japan Students Music Competition, the Tokyo Music Competition and so on.

In August 2010, he won the first prize at the 12th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists (Category B, under 20 years old) as the most youngest winner ever.
He was also awarded the Haydn Prize there and held recitals in Ettlingen(Germany) and Eppan(Italy) in February 2011.

In April 2011, he won the Special Student Prize at the Junior Academy Eppan given by Professor Andrea Bonatta, and he was invited to participate in the Piano Academy Eppan given by Professor Arie Vardi in September 2011.

So far he has performed with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Gilbenkian Orchestra and so on.

Currently, Kaito Kobayashi is part of the Partitura Project, the brainchild of Maria João Pires who is currently his teacher.
And he has given many concerts with her at many places including Japan.


Georgy Tchaidze, Russia

Georgy Tchaidze
Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze is the First Prize Winner of the 2015 Top of the World International Piano Competition in Norway, and the First Prize Winner of Honens International Piano Competition in Canada in 2009.
Known for his “fine sensibility and perfectly honed technique” (The Telegraph), Mr. Tchaidze has performed regularly at major music festivals including France’s Piano aux Jacobins, Toronto Summer Music and Ottawa International Chamber Music in Canada, Kissinger Sommer, Young Euro Classic in Germany, Verbier, and Septembre Musicale in Switzerland.
He was asked to replace Sir Andras Schiff to perform at the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and his performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman was met with praise: “commendable clarity…unusually powerful for a performance of so little ostentation” (Ottawa Citizen).

Born in 1988 in St. Petersburg, Georgy Tchaidze began to study piano and violin at the age of 7.
He studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Sergey Dorensky for his undergraduate degree, and earned his master’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts with Professor Klaus Hellwig.

A blossoming collaborative pianist, Mr. Tchaidze tours regularly with Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet, and plays duo piano with his wife, the pianist Nadezda Pisareva.
His performance with the esteemed Borodin Quartet was received as “magnificent, matching the experienced string players note for note to produce a performance of rare beauty and musical conviction” (Calgary Herald).
Mr. Tchaidze had performed in prestigious venues like Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Tchaidze has three recordings on the Honens label.

Ken Takaseki, conductor

ken takaseki

Principal Guest Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra

Ken Takaseki was born in Tokyo. He started to study piano and violin early in his childhood.
He won the Karajan Competition in Japan in 1977 while he was still a student at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.

After graduating from the school the following year, he left Japan to study at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy (Karajan Foundation) and worked as an assistant to Herbert von Karajan till 1985. During the summer of 1981, he studied under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood Festival.
In the same year, he made his debut in Europe with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

In 1983 he won the second prize at the Nicolai Malco Competition for Young Conductors, and in 1984 he drew attention when he won the Hans Swarowsky Competition.
In January the next year, he made his debut in Japan with the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at its subscription concert.

In 1991 he conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra at its subscription concert and received outstanding critical acclaim.

In 1994, he toured around Europe with the Gunma Symphony Orchestra with great success performing in various places and on such occasions as Prague Spring International Music Festival and Festival of Vienna.

Besides many orchestras in Japan, he has performed with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, ,Bergen Symphony Orchestra, Denmark National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Klangforum Wien, and WDR Symphonie Orchester Koeln among others.
In 1994, he toured around Europe with the Gunma Symphony Orchestra with great success. In February 2013, he conducted a subscription concert of the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing out a full, rich sound from this distinguished Russian orchestra and receiving high praise from the audience and orchestra members.

His opera conducting career includes Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (1990, 2007), LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (1991) and Monteverdi/Henze’s IL RITOMO d’ULISSE IN PATRIA (2009) with Tokyo Nikikai, Verdi’s FALSTAFF at a subscription concert of Gunma Symphony Orchestra (2003), Britten’s CURLEW RIVER at Sumida Triphony Hall (1997) and PETER GRIMES with The College Opera House, Osaka (2013) and Dan’s YUZURU at New National Theatre Tokyo(2011).

He was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra (1986-1990); Conductor of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (1994-2000); Principal Conductor of the Century Orchestra Osaka (1997-2003); Music Director for the Gunma Symphony Orchestra (1993-2008); Resident Conductor for the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra (2003-2012); and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (April 2014- )

He won Akeo Watanabe Foundation Music Award in 1996, and Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2011.

He is a professor for conducting department, faculty of music of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Takaseki was appointed Principal Conductor of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. from April 2015.

Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra(Est.1970)

Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra

Established in 1970,Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra has been awarded Ando Tametsugu Educational Memorial Award in 1983,Kanagawa Bunkasho Cultural Award in 1989,NHK Local Broadcast Cultural Award and Yokohama Cultural Award in 2007.
As well as its subscription concert ,KPO has been performing special concert,operas and ballets at halls in the prefecture.
The Orchestra covers many genres including pops and recording soundtracks for motion pictures.
KPO has also made many CD recordings such as an Opera“The Long Christmas Dinner”(Hindemith)conducted by Kotaro Sato,an Opera“Hikarigoke”(Ikuma Dan)conducted by Shigeo Genda,Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and Brahms’s first Symphony by Hanns-Martin Schneidt which are having very high reputation.
Having Kawase Kentaro as the Principal conductor since 2014,KPO became the orchestra of the moment and has been cherished by the community as the cultural symbol of Kanagawa.


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