Takuya Otaki – 2016

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Takuya Otaki, who was born in Japan, studied at the Aichi University of Music and Fine Arts in Yuzo Kakeya and Vadim Sakharov classes and has won several awards: Kuwabara Prize, Best Student Prize and Foundation Scholarship Niwa. After a classical training, he put his talent and virtuosity in the service of the contemporary repertoire and entered the Stuttgart Musikhochschule in 2013, in the class of Thomas Hell, where he received a Master’s degree in piano specializing in contemporary music. In 2016, he received a Master’s degree in Contemporary Music at the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie in Frankfurt, and in September 2017, he was admitted to a contemporary DAI at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris.

In February 2016, Takuya Otaki won the First Prize at the 12th Orleans International Piano Competition (Blanche Selva Special Mention Award, Olivier Greif Special Mention Award, Maurice Ohana Special Mention Award). In 2016, he began a series of concerts in Italy, Japan and France (Metz, Orléans, Reims). In the spring of 2017, he performed in Paris and at festivals in Lille (France) and Mantua (Italy). During the year 2017, he was pianist of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie Frankfurt, during his tours in Germany, Finland and Holland.

In July 2017, Takuya Otaki recorded her first CD Belà Bartók and virtuosity published by Fy Solstice. In November 2017, he made a tour of concerts and masterclasses in the Centre-Val de Loire Region (France), and performed in Italy, Bulgaria and Paris.

In 2018, accompanied by the Orchester symphonique d’Orléans, he performed Bartók’s Concerto No. 3. Then, he returned to Japan where he played, in Niigata, with orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2 by and, in recital, in Tokyo, Nagaoka and Nagoya. Invited to South Korea, he gave recitals and masterclasses at the Seoul National University.

In Paris, his projects led him to develop his repertoire in chamber formation with new works, both classical and contemporary, then given back to Japan and Scotland.

He currently lives in Tokyo and plays as a soloist, a lot of chamber music and contemporary music.

Awards :

  • First Prize Special Distinction “Blanche Selva”
  • Special Distinction Prize “Olivier Greif”
  • Special Distinction Prize “Maurice Ohana”


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