Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi‘s latest news and reviews.

In September, Hiroaki Takenouchi will be travelling to South Africa for a series of concerts in the capital city, Pretoria. He will be performing works by Mozart in seven concerts over six days at the Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria, as part of the Gauteng International Arts Festival.

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi has been invited to become a Blüthner Artist, joining a rank of distinguished performers including Artur Pizarro and Nikolai Demidenko. Established in Leipzig in 1853, Blüthner is one of the world’s most prestigious piano manufacturers, with an impressive history of quality and innovation.  Their artist cooperation scheme provides an especially strong and direct connection between the company and performers around the world.

Pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi launches a new recording of works by William Sterndale Bennett and Robert Schumann on the Artalinna label at a lunchtime concert at London’s St James’s Piccadilly on Monday 8th May 2017.

Following on from his BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week recordings of piano solo works by Sterndale Bennett, broadcast in April 2016, Takenouchi was delighted to be invited to contribute to Radio 3’s examination of the work and life of Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935). We will hear Hiroaki Takenouchi playing Mackenzie’s Valse sérieuse (Trois Morceaux, Op 15 No 1) during Monday’s programme; on Friday 10th February his recording of Revery and Ariel  (Varying Moods, Op 88) will be broadcast.

Wednesday 26 October 2016 – 7:30pm at St John’s Smith Square, London.

Writing during the richly musical period before the Russian Revolution, and counting Tchaikovsky, Arensky and Lyadov in his circle, the work of Russian composer Georgy Catoire is, however, somewhat neglected today.

Hiroaki Takenouchi first came across the music of Sterndale Bennett whilst studying at the Royal College of Music, when it was suggested he should learn the Sonata in F minor, Op. 13. Since then, Takenouchi has remained a keen advocate of the composer’s work and was delighted to be asked by the BBC to record several of his pieces.