Artists profile

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 Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen replacing Radu Lupu, Israel Philharmonic and Israel Camerata, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and George Enescu Philharmonic.
In 2010 he made his Royal Festival Hall debut, and since then he has given solo recitals in venues such as Munich Gasteig, 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.


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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.
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 and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. She is current pursuing her Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Her previous private studies were at the Music Institute of Chicago with Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario.


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Shiori Kuwahara

Shiori Kuwahara was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1995. She won the second prize at the 62nd Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy in 2019, also winning the prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Busoni.
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 many prizes. In her first year at Tokyo University of the Arts, she won the 2nd prize and audience award of the Music Competition of Japan. She has won the 2nd prize in prestigious international competitions such as Maria Canals International Music Competition and Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition, and has become one of the young pianists receiving worldwide attention.
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.


Atsushi Imada

Can Cakmur

Can Cakmur won the Scottish Piano Competition in 2017 and the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018. Born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1997, Can Cakmur began his musical education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayşe Kaptan. After graduating from high school in Ankara in 2012, he studied with Marcella Crudeli at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, graduating with top honors in 2014. Cakmur performed with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sascha Goetzel, as the main artist in the opening concert of the 2015 Istanbul Music Festival. He has performed with many Japanese orchestras including the Sapporo Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Okayama Philharmonic, and Kyushu Symphony. In April 2019, he released his debut CD on the BIS label. Currently, Cakmur is continuing his music studies under the guidance of Prof. Grigory Gruzman of the Weimar University of Music.


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