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Miyuji Kaneko

Piano

Miyuji Kaneko
Miyuji Kaneko was born in 1989 to a Japanese father and a Hungarian mother. At the age of six he moved to Hungary alone to study under the renowned piano instructor Zsuzsa Cs. Nagy, staying at the home of his grandparents while attending the Bartok Elementary School of Music. In 1997 and 2000 he won national piano duet competitions, and in 2001 he won a national piano competition in the 9-to-11-year-old division. In 2001, at the age of 11, Miyuji skipped grades and was accepted to the Special School for Exceptional Young Talents of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he studied under Professors Gabor Eckhardt, Gyongyi Kevehazi and Rita Wagner. Having taken all of the courses in the school, Miyuji returned to Japan in 2006, at the age of 16. He was admitted to the Tokyo College of Music High School, where he studied under Kazune Shimizu, Akiyoshi Sako, and Katsuko Miura. In 2009 Miyuji was selected to be a Chanel Pygmalion Days artist, and regularly performed recitals at CHANEL NEXUS HALL in Ginza, Tokyo. In October 2010 he released his debut album, “Miyuji Plays Liszt,” which was chosen as a Special Selection of Record Geijutsu Magazine. In 2011 he won the12th Hotel Okura Music Award. In 2012 he won the 22nd Idemitsu Music Award, the 4th Prix Champagne de la joie de vivre, and also became a scholar of the Arkaim Japan-Russia Friendship Association, which was established to support outstanding young artists. In 2013 he was awarded the2012 Jomo Prize (10th Jomo Art and Culture Prize, Music Division).In 2014 Miyuji Kaneko toured with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zoltán Kocsis winning favorable recognition. In January 2015, he appeared in subscription concerts of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Märkl. He has also performed with the same orchestra under the baton of Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, New Japan Philharmonic, Century Orchestra Osaka (now Japan Century Symphony Orchestra), and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tatsuya Shimono. He was also the selected soloist on the European tour of the Tokyo College of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Junichi Hirokami, receiving high praise for his performances of the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in Munich and Vienna. He has performed in many countries, including Hungary, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland and China. Miyuji graduated at the top of his class from the Tokyo College of Music Piano Performance program, and received a Master of Musical Arts Diploma in the Keyboard division of the Tokyo College of Music Graduate Program. Currently a student in the Doctoral School at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. As a 26-year-old rising star of the piano, he has a very promising future. Miyuji Kaneko is a Steinway Artist. CHANEL Pygmalion Days 2009 Artist.

Official Website: miyuji.jp/

(As of October 2016)