Piano accompanists of the masterclasses 2013
Rostock University of Music and Theatre
The Japanese pianist Kiyoko Wakamatsu graduated from the Toho Gakuen Academy of Music in Tokyo, before studying with Peter Roggenkamp at the Lübeck Academy of Music, where she completed her post-graduate diploma in accompaniment and chamber music. During this time she augmented her education through participating in masterclasses with Arie Verdi, Vitalij Margulis und Andrzej Jasinski.
Since 2011, Wakamatsu assists Prof. Julian Steckel as répétiteur at the Academy of Music in Rostock, where she has been teaching since 1999. As a répétiteur and accompanist she has performed at internationally renowned masterclasses and competitions, including the Rostropovich Competition in Paris, and the German Music Competition.
Répétiteur for the masterclasses given by Claudio Bohórquez.
Academy of Music Mainz
Kirill Krotov, a member of the faculty of the University of Mainz, has given masterclasses at the Hessischen Landesmusikakademie in Schlitz. Since 1998 he has been repeatedly engaged as a pianist at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses.
Following his graduation from the Tschaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow, he completed his post-graduate diploma in chamber music in Germany in 1995. Masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Boris Pergamenschikow and Pavel Gililov enhanced his artistic development. He is a laureate and prizewinner of many competitions, including the ARD Munich.
Répétiteur for the masterclasses given by László Fenyö.
University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin
Naoko Sonoda studied at the Toho Gakuen Academy of Music in Tokyo and later at the University of the Arts, Berlin with Rainer Becker. Chamber music was always at the core of her musical life and development and her collaborations with great artists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Markus Nyikos and Hartmut Rohde were fundamental in mentoring her musical development.
Since 2009, Sonoda has taught at the University of the Arts and since 2012 also at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin. Her numerous successes at international competitions have enabled her to establish a career as a concert pianist and chamber musician throughout Europe and Asia.
Répétiteur for the masterclasses given by Jens Peter Maintz.
University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart
Following previous studies at the Toho-Gakuen Music Academy in Tokyo with Prof. Tsunemi Naraba and the Academy of Music, Freiburg with Prof. Hiroko Tsuruoka-Barth and Prof. Helmut Barth, Takai completed her musical education with Prof. André Marchand at the Stuttgart Academy of Music.
Alongside her activities at the Music Academies in Freiburg and Stuttgart, Takai has established herself as a much in demand répétiteur, not only at elite competitions (Geneva, ARD etc) but also at festivals and masterclasses throughout the world. As a soloist and chamber musician she performs regularly both at home and abroad and has been broadcasted on SWR and BR.
Répétiteur for the masterclasses given by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin
Keiko Tamura began her musical studies at the State Music School in Tokyo, following which she entered the classes of Eliza Hansen and Conrad Hansen at the Lübeck Academy of Music. She received invaluable inspiration as a chamber musician from Walter Levin, Menahem Pressler and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
After winning numerous awards and prizes including at the 1998 and 2002 International Tschaikowsky Competitions, Moscow, she embarked upon a soloist career, performing with great orchestras such as the Tonhalle- Orchestra Zürich. Parallel to this, she led a chamber music career working in partnership with artists such as David Geringas, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, the Artemis and Bartok Quartets. She has recorded extensively for television and radio broadcasts as well as for CD release.
Répétiteur for the masterclasses given by Troels Svane.
Academy of Music Munich
Born in Japan, Chifuyu Yada began to learn the piano at the age of four. Later she studied in Munich with Prof. Gerhard Oppitz and in Saarbrücken with Prof. Nerine Barrett and Prof. Bernd Glemser, during which time she was a prizewinner at the Walter-Gieseking Competition.
Following her studies, Chifuyu Yada joined the faculty at the Academy of Music in Saarland and in 1995 changed to the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, Munich, where in 2008 she became a Professor. Alongside her regular performances as a soloist and chamber musician she can also be heard on CD and radio broadcasts from SR, HR, MDR and BR.
Répétiteur for the masterclasses given by Wen-Sinn Yang.