Jury

Akiko EBI

Chairperson of Jury Akiko EBI

The 1st Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition has been launched. The competition invites applicants worldwide as an international competition, and it will be a fruitful music festival where a number of young pianists in Japan and all around the world gather in one place.
Today, many things are computerized and we are enjoying a convenient life thanks to that. However, performing music is one of our precious activities we cannot turn over to computers. Music is a friend of man, and our minds are deeply enriched through music. The completion is a “place of encounter.” Please do not consider it in terms of process of elimination, but fully utilize it as a good opportunity for self-improvement. Encounter between yourself and music. Encounter between your performance on the stage and unknown audience. Encounter with pianists of the same generation participating in the competition. Encounter with inquiring mind to find your path to the future. I will give my great support to those who challenge to the competition for finding various beneficial encounters.
This competition is held with the full support of Kawai Musical Inst. Mfg. Co., Ltd. which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who supports this competition.

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Chairperson Akiko EBI

Chairperson Akiko EBI

Pianist

After winning the 41st Music Competition of Japan, Akiko Ebi studied abroad at the Paris Conservatoire. She was Grand Prix winner of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, and she also won 5th prize of the International Chopin Piano Competition. She has received numerous awards including two Japan Gold Disc Awards. She has performed with so many musicians, and her 2-piano recitals with Martha Argerich have been repeatedly broadcast all over the world.

For more than 30 years, she has been active as a participating musician in music festivals and recordings for TV and radio in 32 countries in the world.
She has served on the juries of international piano competitions. She was a chairperson of jury of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and a jury member of the International Chopin Piano Competition.
She is now placing emphasis on music education as well, and is enjoying the full confidence of music circle worldwide.

Members Katsunori ISHII

Members Katsunori ISHII

Pianist, Professor at Tokyo College of Music

It was 1990 when a young pianist at age of 20 won third place in the prestigious 59th Japan Music Competition. Since then, Katsunori Ishii has appeared as a soloist with all of the major orchestras in Japan. He received the J. Fiedelman Piano Prize in 1996 while also graduating with a master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York. In the following year he won first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan. He is currently Professor of piano at Tokyo College of Music and has held numerous concerts and master classes around the world and has sat on the juries of international piano competitions and Experts & Screening Committee the 7th and 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.

Members Katsurako MIKAMI

Members Katsurako MIKAMI

Pianist, Emeritus Professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music

Won the first prize at National Music Competition of Japan when she was 18 years old. She studied at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, The National Conservatory in Paris and the Juilliard School in New York. She was invited from many summer festivals such as Plague, Leipzig, and Nice etc. She is an emeritus professor of Toho Gakuen School of Music after serving chairman of piano department for five years.

Members Ewa POBŁOCKA

Members Ewa POBŁOCKA

Pianist, Professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music,
Professor at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz

Ewa Pobłocka is one of the Polish most distinguished pianists. After graduating from Academy of Music in Gdansk with honours, she continued her education under Conrad Hansen, Tatiana Nikolaeva and Martha Argerich. She is laureate of international piano competitions in Vercelli, Bordeaux and Warsaw, and has performed around the world appearing in famous concert halls.
She is also a valued pedagogue. She conducts piano classes at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, while giving master classes around the world.
She was invited to serve as a jury member at such international piano competitions as Chopin in Warsaw (2005, 2015), Hamamatsu (2012), Sendai (2016).

Members Chiharu SAKAI

Members Chiharu SAKAI

Pianist, Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts

After obtaining a Master in Music at the Tokyo Fine Arts and Music University, she went to Europe to continue her studies on an Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation. She obtained a Concertist Diplome from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and a Diplome Supérieur from the Royal Conservatoire de Musique de Bruxelles.
She has won several international competitions including 1st prize of “Maria Canals”, 1st prize of “Porto”, 1st prize of “London”. Resulting in many recitals and concertos with orchestras in Europe and Japan. She was awarded the Idemitsu and Aoyama Music Prizes in Japan. Now she is an associate professor of Tokyo University of the Arts in Japan.

Members Joaquin SORIANO

Members Joaquin SORIANO

Pianist, Professor at Madrid Royal Conservatory

Joaquin Soriano began his studies in Valencia with Prof. L. Magenti, and later continued with Prof. Vlado Perlemuter at the National Conservatory of Paris and privately with Alfred Brendel in Wien. He also took master classes of Alicia de Larrocha.
He won 2nd. Prize in International Competition "Casella" Napoli, First Prize and Gold Medal in "Jaen” International Piano Competirion, First Prize in International Piano Competition "Viotti", etc, and Gold Medal of Bellas Artes was presented by King Juan Carlos of Spain.
He has performed with major orchestras including Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Madrid, Barcelona, RAI, ORTF, RPO, Monte Carlo, New York and London Chamber Orchestra, etc., and has appeared in major halls through the world. In 1978 he founded the "Trio de Madrid" and has toured through Europe, USA and South America.
He teaches as a professor at the Madrid Royal Conservatory and he is a member of the Royal Academy. As well as a professor, he has, and is at present, giving Master Classes from Hanover to Hamamatsu, from Moscow Conservatory to Juilliard and Manhattan in New York.