Since his first-prize-winning performances at the Biennial Piano Competition at Tucson in 1976 and the Three Rivers Piano Competition in Pittsburgh in 1979, Shigeo Neriki has been blessed with opportunities to play with major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Outside of the United States, he played with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Mexico City, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony Orchestra and other leading orchestras in his native Japan. Since 1976, Neriki has shared a close musical association with the world-renowned cellist Janos Starker. They have collaborated extensively in concerts around the world and have won the highest praise. In October 2009, Neriki performed a recital at Kioi Hall to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his debut and received acclaim from various sources.
As an active chamber musician, Neriki has appeared in a number of concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He is a regular artist in the chamber music series of the Festival der Zukunft in Switzerland and the Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan. In 2008, he formed a fully-fledged duo with Keiko Urushihara (Vn), raising expectations for his future activities.
Neriki won the 24th Suntory Music Award in 1993. A CD of works by D. Popper, which he recorded with Starker in 1990, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist. In 1997, his all-Schumann album ”Papillons” won the National Arts Festival Award (Album Award). He is also an author of a book, “Give me an A,” published by Shunju-sha in the fall of 2003.
Neriki currently holds the titles of Professor of Music at the Indiana University School of Music, Professor at Toho Gakuen University of Music, Eminent Professor at Kunitachi College of Music, Visiting Professor at Soai Gakuen University, Part-time Instructor at Elizabeth University of Music and Planning Committee Member of the Kirishima International Music Festival. Since 2007, he has given regular master classes in the undergraduate and graduate courses at Toho College of Music.
Neriki is active not only as a recitalist but also as a soloist with orchestra and chamber musician.
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