TOSHIKI USUI PIANIST
Pianist, Toshiki Usui made his acclaimed international debut after winning the Cantu International Competition (Italy), and has since been concertizing extensively.
Also the winner of the Viotti International Competition (Italy) and numerous awards at Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), Mr. Usui has played throughout Europe,U.S.A, the former Soviet Republics, Central America, the Middle East, and Asia.
Recent activities include his “Across the World” tour project, started in 2008, which has taken him across Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S..
He also actively participates in performances at international music festivals worldwide, and has been invited to the juries of international piano competitions.
From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Usui was engaged annually for subscription concerts in Kiev, Ukraine, both as recitalist and soloist with the Kiev State Philharmonic. Winning accolades for his concerts there, he was invited alongside Paul Gulda and Rafael Oleg to perform the Shostakovich First Piano Concerto for the“Schumann and his Contemporaries” (2005) and “Shostakovich 100th Anniversary” (2006) series.
He has presented charity concerts under the aegis of the U.N. for the Palestinian Refugee Camps.
Since 2003, Mr. Usui is based in Vienna, centering his activities in Europe while continuing to perform worldwide.
Mr. Usui has garnered particularly high acclaim for his performances of contemporary works. He received the Donemus prize for the best performance of a contemporary work, given by Holland Music Sessions, and in 2006, a special prize for contemporary art given by the Viennese society for the advancement of contemporary art, TAMAMU. He has also given the Japanese premiere of the Vincent d’Indy Piano Concerto.
In Japan, Mr. Usui has performed with many orchestras, including the Tokyo Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, and Geidai Philharmonia. In recitals and music festivals, he has collaborated with artists Ivry Gitlis,Pierre Amoyal, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Wolfgang Marschner, among others.
Born in Tokyo, in 1977, Toshiki Usui studied at the Tokyo University High School for Fine Arts, Tokyo University for Fine Arts, and Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria), and has studied under professors Shuku Iwasaki, Katsumi Ueda, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, and Avo Kuyumjian.
Ueno Gakuen University Visiting Professor.
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