Turkey / Born in 1997 〈Age 21〉
Turkish pianist Can Çakmur (pronounced: Djahn Tchakmur) won first prize in the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 and the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2017.
Çakmur has performed in concert halls such as the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Salle Cortot in Paris, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Lithuanian Philharmonic Hall, ACT City Hamamatsu and Fazioli Hall (Sacile) as well as the most important concert halls in his homeland.
He has also appeared at prestigious classical music festivals such as the 2015 Istanbul Music Festival, where he headlined the opening concert with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the D-Marin International Classical Music Festival (Bodrum). In 2014, at the age of 16, he was invited to play at the season opening concert of the Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with conductors such as Thomas Søndergård, Ken Takaseki, Gürer Aykal, Sascha Goetzel and Modestas Barkauskas. He has also played in cities such as Ordu and Tokat, where classical music is rarely heard, to spread classical music to a wider audience. As an avid writer and speaker, Çakmur has been writing monthly for the Andante classical music magazine since 2015 and moderates his own concerts.
Born in 1997 in Ankara, Çakmur began his music education with Leyla Bekensir and Ayşe Kaptan. His studies with Jun Kanno and Emre Şen, with whom he studied for six years, influenced him greatly. In 2012 he was accepted at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he was a student of Marcella Crudeli and gained his Diplôme de virtuosité with highest honours in 2014. Since 2012, he has had the chance to work with musicians such as Alan Weiss, Arie Vardi, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Leslie Howard and Robert Levin.
He received the 2015 Young Musician Award at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in Istanbul, the 2018 DAAD-Prize from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and the 2019 Aydin Gün Career Support Prize from the Istanbul Music Festival. Çakmur currently pursues his studies with Grigory Gruzman in University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and continues to work privately with Diane Andersen in Belgium.
Can Çakmur also receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. He is a part of ‘G & S Pekinel Young Musicians on the World Stages’ scholarship programme, supported by TUPRAS, and has been granted a grand piano to aid his studies.
Japan / Born in 1999 〈Age 19〉
Tomoharu Ushida was born in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, in 1999. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Shanghai, where his father was transferred for work. It was there that Tomoharu began his piano studies.In 2005, at the age of five, he won 1st Prize at a piano competition for children in Shanhai. He won 1st Prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012 (when he was 8 to 12 years old).
In 2012, at the age of 12, Tomoharu won 1st Prize in the 16th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition (becoming the youngest winner in its history). In the same year, he was the youngest-ever Japanese pianist to release a debut CD on the Universal Music label. Since then he has released numerous CDs including Memories (2012), Liszt & Chopin (2013), Traumerei (2014), Liebesfreud (2015/Record Geijutsu Special Selection), and Pictures at an Exhibition (2016/Record Geijutsu Special Selection).
In addition to performing recitals in many locations, Tomoharu Ushida has performed as a soloist on the Japan tours of Wiener KammerOrchester conducted by Stefan Vladar (2014), Russian National Orchestra led by Mikhail Pletnev (2015 and 2018), Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ken-ichiro Kobayashi (2016), and The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra led by Jacek Kaspszyk (2018).
Korea / Born in 2000 〈Age 19〉
Hyuk Lee was born in Seoul on 4 January 2000, began his career in music as a student of violin and piano when he was just three years old.
He had great enthusiasm for listening to music and learning musical instruments since He was very young, and He continued to enjoy his interest in music and decided to do homeschooling.
He steadily continued his studies at the Sunhwa Pre-college Music Academy.
After taking the grand prize at the 2009 Little Mozart Competition, he had the privilege of being invited by the Mirabell Chamber Orchestra to a concert in Salzburg, Austria.
Since that time, as a pianist He has been aiming for a bigger development.
He began to take the challenge of studying piano more and more seriously.
In 2012, When He was 12 years old, He had the honor of being the youngest person to win the grand prize at 8th Moscow International F.Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, as well as winning the Best Concerto Award prize for his performance with orchestra.
He always has a big interest in the chamber ensemble, So He received the First prize at the 8th Moscow Beethoven Festival in group "Chamber Ensemble", Moscow, Russia.
In 2016, At the age of 16, he won the 10th Paderewski Competition which was a first senior piano competition for him, as the youngest contestant in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Hyuk Lee entered Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory when he was 16 years old.
and He continues his concert activity at various concert hall and festival in Europe and elsewhere, such as Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, 72nd Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival, Bolshoi Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Czech Smetana Hall, Rudolfinum(Dvorak Hall), Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Seoul Arts Center.
In November 2018 He received 3rd prize at the X Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.
Japan / Born in 1990 〈Age 28〉
Atsushi Imada was born in 1990, Kakegawa city, Japan, he began playing the piano at the age of three. At the age of 16, he made his concerto debut with Kakegawa City Orchestra playing Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 in A major KV.488. Since, he has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as Nantional Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie Orquestra Sinfonica de Ribeirao Preto, Orquestra Jovem do Estado, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra and Geidai Philharmonia and worked with such conductor as Marin Alsop, Paul Meyer, Chikara Iwamura, Masahiro Izaki, Claudio Curz, Rossen Gergov, Jorma Panula, Takeya Sakai, Daisuke Soga, Toshiaki Umeda,Yuri Yanko.
Atsushi was a laureate at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium in 2016. He has also won numerous competitions including 2nd prize at the 2008 V.Krainev International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Ukraine, 2nd prize at the 2010 PTNA Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Music Competition of Japan and 2nd prize at the 2013 Tokyo Music Competition. He won MCS Stipendium in 2015-2017. He has participated in international festivals including Piano Texas 2013 and PianoAcademy in Murrhardt in Germany.
Atsushi Imada completed his bachelor degree at Tokyo University of Arts in 2013 where he has studied with Kei Itoh. He recently has graduated from Royal College of Music with distinction where he was studying with Dmitri Alexeev.He is also studiying with Roustem Saitkoulov in Paris.
Japan / Born in 1993 〈Age 25〉
Keigo Mukawa was born in 1993 in Aichi, Japan. In 2012, he won the 1st prize at the 81st Japan Music Competition when he was a first year student at Tokyo University of Arts. Other achievements in international piano competitions include 2nd prize at the 25th Epinal International Piano Competition(France) in 2015, 2nd prize at the 18th Ile de France International Piano Competition(France), 1st prize and audience prize in the 5th Coop Music Award(Italy) in 2016, and 5th prize in the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Conpetition(Japan) in 2018.
He was selected to perform for the CHANEL Pygmalion Days 2017 in Tokyo to hold a series of 6 recitals in which he has mainly played the complete piano solo works by Ravel.
He performed with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Lorraine National Orchestra in France, etc, and gave recitals in France, Switzerland, Latvia, China and Japan.
While he was a second year student at Tokyo University of Arts, he was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2014 with unanimity of juries, where he is now pursuing his studies for a Master degree. Currently he is studying under Frank BRALEY, Haruko UEDA, Théodor Paraskivesco and Yukio YOKOYAMA. He was awarded the Rohm Music Foundation scholarship in 2015 and 2016, and the Ezoe Memorial Foundation Scholarship in 2017.
Japan / Born in 1992 〈Age 27〉
Takashi Yasunami was born in Japan, in 1992.
Began playing the piano at the age of 3, completing the graduate school of Tokyo College of Music. Currently, I am currently studying as a special applicant in the first year of Doctor of Tokyo College of Music graduate school. In the doctoral course he is studying E.v.Dohnányi's work, and while performing on solos and accompaniments, working as a graduate teaching assistant and a piano lecturer to train backwards. Kawai Omotesando concert salon "Pause", Japan Piano Technicians Association, etc. appeared in numerous concerts.
In 2011, he won the 13th Japan Player's Competition, also awarded the Yamaha Prize.
In 2014, participated in the California International Music Festival held in Engers, Germany.
In 2017, 1st Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition Finalist, Encouragement Prize. Participated in the Villa Sandra Piano Academy in Lesa, Italy.
In 2018, winning the 7th Nojima Minoru Yokosuka Piano Competition. And, No. 6 in the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. He studied under Mr. Katsunori Ishii and Mr. Farkas Gábor.