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Tokyo Music Competition

INUGAI Shin-nosuke

INUGAI Shin-nosuke

Born in: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
1st place, Piano Section, The 1st Tokyo Music Competition 2003

Musical Study Experiences

Born in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture and entered Yamaha Music School at 4 years of age and began learning piano from 6 years of age
Graduated from Hamamatsu Kita High School
2004 Graduated from the Performance Course at Toho Gakuen College Music Department
2006 Completed studies at the Research Program of Toho Gakuen College Music Department


Previously studied piano under Wada Sawako, Kato Nobuyoshi, Nakai Nobuhito; composition under Katsunaga Yoshiko, Tsuruta Mutsuo
Currently studies under Catherine Vickers at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts

Musical Careers

1990-1997 1997 Participated in the Junior Original Concert overseas performance tour, performing numerous self-written compositions
Won Encouragement award, F-Level, National, the 22nd PTNA Piano Competition
2nd Place, High School Category, Tokyo Regional, the 53rd Student Music concours of Japan
Winner, the 13th Suita Music Competition
Silver Prize, F Category, the 13th Saitama Piano Competition
2002, 2003 Attended the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy
2003 While at Toho Gakuen College Music Department, won 1st Place, Piano Section, the 1st Tokyo Music Competition which marked the beginning of his performance activities in earnest
In the following year, graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department at the top of the class
Performed before Japanese imperial family at the Toka-Gakudo music hall
2006 Completed studies at Research Program at Toho Gakuen College Music Department
In summer, attended the 4th International Music Masterclass in Seeheim-Jugenheim, won the "E.Hunbold-Preis" awarded to special scholarship recipients
2007 In March held a solo recital at Hamamatsu and Tokyo
Paused his performance career in Japan and went to study abroad in Germany in the pursuit of additional training
2008 September 2008, received the diploma from the 16th José Iturbi International Music Competition
Recent musical activities include working as the official accompanist of the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition held at the Alter Oper (the former opera house) in Frankfurt, participation in concerts at the Alte Oper, performances at Goethe University Frankfurt's "Kirche am Campus," C.Bechstein Centren Deutschland (Frankfurt), golf club, and more performances primarily within Frankfurt

Further Activities

Previously Inugai performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (led by Umeda Toshiaki), the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (led by Alexander Lazarev), the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (led by Seikyo Kim), the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (led by Tokitou Yasufumi) achieving high accolades. He also performed with the Tajimi City Symphony Orchestra, Gifu; the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra; and other amateur orchestras. He extensively performs in Japan and overseas including the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Morning Concert, salon concerts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum, a duo concert in Salerno, Italy, recording of NHK Radio Drama etc. Aiming for sharing the emotional aspects of music through a direct connection between the audience and musicians, Inugai also performs in concerts at nursing homes across Japan, sheltered workshops, welfare facilities and hospices; as well as holding workshops not exclusive to classical music, such as read-aloud program for nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools. He is a workshop facilitator for the Ojika International Music Festival.

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