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Profile 𠮷武 優(Masaru YOSHITAKE) 

Masaru YOSHITAKE (Japan)

Born in Japan in 1986, Masaru YOSHITAKE started playing the piano at the age of 4, and made his orchestral debut with Dvorák chamber orchestra at the age of 12.

He was the recipient of many prizes including: the 3rd Prize at the All Japan student Music Competition (2002); the 1st Prize at Iizuka Music Competition (2009); the 1st Prize at Kazusa Akademia Music Competition (2009); the 2nd Prize at the Music Prize of Matsukata Hall (2009).
He was also the prize winner at the Artur Schnabel Music Competition in Germany (2011), finalist at the Minoru Nojima Yokosuka Piano Competition in Japan (2010), finalist at the Music competition of Japan(2012), Medalist at the Maria Canals International Music Competition(2014), Semifinalist at the Geneva International Music Competition(2014).

He has also worked with numerous orchestras including: Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra; Tokyo Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra; Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra; Kyusyu Symphony Orchestra and Chiba Symphony Orchestra...etc.

He graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009 after which he began studying at the Universität der Künste Berlin on a scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation since fall, 2010. After graduating in 2014, he continued studying on the Soloist course “Konzertexamen”, and graduated in 2016.

He has worked with many renowned professors including: Prof. Jacques Rouvier; Prof. Kenji Watanabe; Prof. Minoru Nojima, Prof. Andrei Pisarev and Prof. Dina Yoffe.

Now he is living in Tokyo, and teaching at Toho Gakuen School of Music and  Tokyo University of the Arts as a Lecturer.

©Shigeto Imura

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