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Message from Faculty 2023【⑥】

The video message from Prof. Hiromi Okada, who received outstanding critical acclaim in the U.K. for his début in London. After long career in Europe, currently he is active in Japan as a soloist and also a pianist for chamber music with his wide repertoire from classic to contemporary.

-BIOGRAPHY-
He studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo where he graduated with the highest honors. He won first prize in three international piano competitions in Barcelona, Tokyo and Pretoria, and then moved to London to study with Maria Curucio before making his Wigmore Hall début in 1985 and receiving outstanding critical acclaim – “undoubtedly a start of the future” (Daily Telegraph). Hilary Finch has commented in The Times, “A technique of massive assurance, imaginatively developed to articulate a passionately engaged musical understanding”. Recently, as well as touring extensively in Japan and throughout Europe, he has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and major Japanese orchestras. He also has performed at the numerous international festivals including Mayfest (Glasgow), La Roque d’antheron (France), Great Romantic Festival (Canada), Istanbul International Piano Festival, Philharmonic Week (Austria) and Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival. CDs are regularly released from Camerata Tokyo, Toshiba-EMI, and NAXOS receiving ecstatic reviews. He is working as a professor of piano in Toho Gakuen Graduate School since 2015.

 

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