TAKAHIRO YOSHIKAWA: pianist
Mr. Takahiro Yoshikawa was born in Nishinomiya, Japan. He graduated in pianoforte in 1996 at the State University of Fine Arts and Music of Tokyo under the guidance of MadamTakako Horie. In 1993 he attended a Master class given by the renowned pianist Conrad Hansen in Lubeck (Germany). From 1996 to 1999 he attended In 1999 Master in the same University under the guidance of Mr.Terugi Karashima, where Mr. Takahiro Yoshikawa was awarded the “Bösendorfer” prize.
Mr.Takahiro Yoshikawa went on to continue his studies in Italy with Madam Anita Porrini, (pupil of Alfred Cortot and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli), as well as attending specialized courses of composition with Miss. Silvia Bianchera Bettinelli. From 2001 to 2004 he attended the “Accademia del Teatro alla Scala” (Master class for Orchestra members) under the guidance of Madam Ada Mauri. He also attended Master classes in Chamber Music, studying and perfoming a vast repertory with the first parts of the La Scala Orchestra.
During the academic years 2001/02 has been chosen as soloist for the concert at the Verdi Hall of the Conservatoire “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, he played the Mozart Concert for Piano and Orchestra K.467 with La Scala Orchestra conducted by Stefano Ranzani.
Mr. Takahiro Yoshikawa has won numerous international competitions, just to mention a few: “Camillo Togni” (Brescia, 2001) second prize (first prize not assigned), “F. Schubert” (Tagliolo Monferrato, 2002) first prize, “Città di Grosseto” for chamber music (2003) first prize, “Paul Harris” (Milan, 2003) first prize. He has played with noteworthy musicians of international fame, like Fabrizio Meloni, Domenico Nordico, Ulf Rodenhauser, Jacques Zoon, Valentino Zucchiatti, the Solisti della Scala, the Cameristi della Scala, the Quartetto d’archi del Teatro alla Scala.
He has performed as soloist at Teatro alla Scala in Milan on several occasion. In May 2006, during the “Statuto Festival”, playing Chapelle de Guillaume Tell by Liszt and Visions Fugitives by Prokofiev. In June 2006 at the “Evening of Mozart” (Serata Mozart) with the Mozart Piano Concert K.271 “Jeunehomme” and three slow movements K.467, K.482, K.488 along with the La Scala Orchestra directed by Paul Connelly. He received excellent critics from the Corriere della Sera, “The marvelous pages of Mozart were heightened by the perfect pianist Yoshikawa”.
In January 2007 he repeated K.467 and K.488 with the Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi directed by Nil Kabaretti, during the Gala des Etoiles, sponsored by the President of the Republic in favour of the Foundation L’amico Charly. During the season 2007/2008 he performed three slow movements of the Mozart Piano and Orchestra Concert, K.499, K.450 e K.488, for “Le Parc” ballet, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj with Aurelie Dupont, étoile of the Paris Opéra. This execution has been reviewed by the national magazine la Repubblica: “…. moments of vibrant poetry was with the Adagio of the Concerto for pianoforte and orchestra K488 of Mozart played majestically by Takahiro Yoshikawa”.
In 2009, with the record label Limen music & arts he has released a CD devoted to Chopin, and in 2011 an album (CD + DVD) with music by L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin, F. Liszt and M. Ravel. Also in 2011 and in 2013, together with the Principal Clarinet Soloist of Theatre and La Scala Philharmonic Fabrizio Meloni he recorded 2 albums (CD + DVD) Across Virtuosity I & II.
Actually Mr. Yoshikawa holds recitals and concerts with orchestra in Italy and Japan.
In May 2011 he performed for the broadcaster NHK in a recital in Kyoto in Japan, which was broadcast on NHK Premium. Since 2008 holds regular recitals in one of the most prestigious halls of Tokyo, Suntory Hall. In March 2015 released a new CD “Vif et Rythmique” with Fabrizio Meloni in homage to French music of the twentieth century with the label Deutsche Grammophon.
In April 2015 he performed in a concert of chamber music with Meloni, Fabien Thouand, principal oboe of La Scala, and Gabriele Screpis, principal bassoon of the La Scala, in the season of the Teatro alla Scala.