On December 14, 2017, violinist Eliot Lawson et pianist Kiyotaka Izumi will release their album Sonatas for violin and piano after Kennis by E. Durlet on ZeD Classics. The record is a world premiere recording, these sonatas have never been recorded before.
Kiyotaka Izumi was born in Tokyo/Japan. In 1995 he graduated from “The Music High School attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music”. In 1997 he left his country for Belgium and studied at the “Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music” in Antwerp, under the supervision of Professor Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx.
In 2002 Kiyotaka Izumi obtained the “Master of Music” degree for Piano with the highest honours at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. In 2015 he finished his formation in “Specialization Instrument – Chamber Music” in the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Brussels in the class of Boyan Vodenitcharov. In 2008 he received his “Postgraduate Concert Soloist” degree with the highest honours in the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. He follows masterclasses by Murray Perahia, Jan Wijn, Hans Leygraf, Jozef De Beenhouwer and private lessons by Conrad Hansen in Hamburg.
Kiyotaka Izumi became laureate of numerous piano competitions : the “Benelux Young Virtuoso Competition 1998”, the “International EPTA Competition for Piano Duo 1999” and received the “Sabam Prize”, the “International Emmanuel Durlet Piano Competition 2002” where he was awarded the special prize for the “Best performance of the work of Emmanuel Durlet”, the “International Maria Yudina Competition for Piano Duo” in St.-Petersburg/Russia, the “International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera” in the Island of Majorca/Spain where he also wins the special prize for the “Best performance of music by a Balearic Composer”, “The TV Music Award” and the “Concours Musical de France” in Paris.
He performed with the “National Orchestra of Belgium”, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Volgograd, the “Hermes Ensemble”, the Concert Festival Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra ‘De Lier’ and the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp. He gives concerts and recitals in Belgium (Bozar/Brussels, deSingel/Antwerp, de Bijloke/Ghent, Concertgebouw Bruges), in the Netherlands, in Luxemburg, in Great Britain, in Italy, in Germany, in Switzerland, in Italy, in Russia, in Thailand and in Japan.
Meanwhile Kiyotaka has 7 CDs on his name with works of Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Durlet, Raick and Kennis. His recordings on CD and his concerts are regularly broadcasted on the Radio in Belgium, Germany and in Japan.
Kiyotaka Izumi is since 2008 attached to the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp as piano accompanist and is piano professor at the Academy of Music and Word in Borgerhout and in Willebroek (Belgium). He also gives masterclasses in Russia, Japan and Thailand.
Kiyotaka Izumi, born in Tokyo, left his country In 1997 for Belgium to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp, under L. Kende and H. Hendrickx. In 2002, Kiyotaka Izumi obtained there his Masters of Music with honours and in 2008 the Postgraduate Concert Soloist degree with honours. He also received the precious advice of M. Perahia, J. Wijn and by C. Hansen among others. Kiyotaka Izumi is laureate of many piano competitions : the Sabam Prize, the International Emmanuel Durlet Piano Competition, the International Maria Yudina Competition for Piano Duo, the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera for example.
The pianist performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Volgograd, the Hermes Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp. He gives concerts and recitals in the Benelux, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Thailand and Japan. Izumi teaches piano performance in Belgium and regularly gives masterclasses in Russia, Japan and Thailand. He recorded 7 CDs featuring works by Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Durlet, Raick and Kennis.