Hiroaki Takenouchi, piano

In May 2005, HRH The Prince of Wales presented the Japanese-born pianist, Hiroaki Takenouchi with the Royal College of Music’s highest award, The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl for his “outstanding musical achievements”. In 2004, he participated in the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he attended the class of Frank Wibaut. He received an award for his remarkable performance and an invitation to play in a concert at the Salzburg Festival. He also made his South Bank Centre début with a solo recital supported by the Park Lane Group, and gave another début recital at the 2004 Cheltenham Music Festival. In March 2005, he played two recitals at Steinway Hall in London and at the Sala Maffeiana in Verona, presented by the Keyboard Trust and L’Accademia Filarmonica to great acclaim. Hiroaki is booked to give a Fresh! series recital at the Purcell Room on the 24th of November 2005.

Since coming to London, Hiroaki has studied piano with Yonty Solomon and Andrew Ball, composition with Edwin Roxburgh and fortepiano with David Ward at the Royal College of Music. During this time, he has appeared on numerous concert platforms including the Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Fairfield Halls, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Steinway Halls in London and Tokyo. More recently his performances have taken him to Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Portugal, and throughout England. He has performed with a number of orchestras, such as the Eastbourne Symphony (having won its 2001 Soloist Competition), the Tonbridge Philharmonic, the Aldworth Philharmonic, the Richmond, and the RCM Symphony (for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast). He also returns to Japan to give many performances each year.

His CD recording of Jeremy Dale Roberts’ Oggetti – Omaggio a Morandi has recently been released and he is also booked to record a solo CD of Japanese Contemporary Piano Music for LORELT in 2006. His other future engagements include recitals in Germany (October 2005) and Mozart Piano Concertos with several orchestras (2005–2006).

He has received guidance from many eminent artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emanuel Ax, Imogen Cooper, Noretta Conci-Leech, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Bernard Roberts and Howard Shelley. He is also an active chamber musician and regularly collaborates with fellow musicians in a wide range of repertoire. He is grateful to the Martin Musical Scholarship Trust, the Myra Hess Trust, the Tillett Trust, the Wall Trust, and the RCM for their generous support.



Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra

Friday 24th March, 2006: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb