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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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Kazue Yanagida, Aisa Ijiri, Jeff Manookian, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall

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Artist Info :: Kiyo Takahashi

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Kiyo Takahashi

Kiyo Takahashi:-

 “It was evident that she was enjoying the music greatly.” - Eric Parkin (at the Sterndale Bennett Prize Competition)

 “Her playing is full of passion and vitality” - Robert Levin (International J.S. Bach Competition)

“Your musical playing has given me deep pleasure.” - Trevor Pinnock

Winner of the “Steinway Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition” in 2003, Kiyo Takahashi was born in Hong Kong, and started studying piano at the age of 5.
After moving to Tokyo, as child, she began to study with Junko Ikeya and started to receive prizes at local competitions. She was then selected to perform at the Young Artist Concert series in Yokohama in1999.
She gained a Bachelor of Music degree from Tokyo College of Music and moved to London, where she completed a Mmus degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying harpsichord and fortepiano, as well as the piano.
She also studied jazz piano with Bruce Stark, the well-known composer and pianist, and performed in joint recitals with percussionists in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as perfoming in a concert series with the percussionist Magda de Vries.

Although Kiyo's interpretations and performances of contemporary pieces are what some people know her for, from a young age she has been very interested in the works of J.S. Bach. She has a deep interest in baroque music and has developed a remarkable repertoire, often focused on interpretations of pieces written for harpsichord and fortepiano. In 2002 she won the "Sterndale Bennett Prize" performing pieces by J.S. Bach.

Among Kiyo's other accomplishments, she has recorded pieces of Satie and Ravel for the short film “Desire” directed by the Japanese film director, Rica Shinobu; she has performed at the Vatican (St. Peter’s Basilica) for “The festival of the Pope” in 2008; and she also performed several Piano Concertoes by Mozart and Chopin with Francesco Petrarca Orchestra of Venice.

Kiyo has been taught by Aaron Shorr and Noretta Conci-Leech, and she has attended numerous master classes in Tokyo, the USA, Italy, Germany, and the UK, including the "Aspen Music Festival", the "Bach Festival in Stuttgart", and the "Academia Musicale Chigiana" in Siena, Italy.
Kiyo has been resident in London since 2012.