Pianist & fortepianist Keiko Shichijo is a special voice in both the Classical and new music worlds. Her traditional Japanese sensibilities have combined with her knowledge of European historical performance practices to shape her unique vision, and this is reflected in her feeling for the music, the instruments and the story behind them.
Hailing from Japan but residing in the Netherlands for the past decade, she is a prizewinner in many international competitions, including twice the International Early Music Competition (solo and duo) in Brugge, Belgium, The International Early Music Competition "A Tre" in Trossingen in Germany and the Minkoff Prize from the music publisher, Edition Minkoff. Recent performances include the festivals Printemps Des Arts (France), Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival (Holland), MA Festival (Belgium) and Midis-Minimes (Belgium), a Mozart piano concerto with the Stradivaria orchestra, a historical setting of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, a program of Satie at the Concergebouw Amsterdam with mezzo Antje Lohse and tours throughout India and Japan. In 2012 Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments in Japan released her first fortepiano solo CD of works by Schubert.
Keiko Shichijo has worked with many composers, including Frank Nuyts, Frederick Rzewski, Tom Johnson, Lucio Garau and Anne La Berge. In 2012 she also gave the premiere performance with the Rotterdam Sinfonia of the first ever concerto for iPad and Orchestra by Ned McGowan.
"Het instrument bracht onder haar handen een puurheid aan klanken voort, werkelijk adembenemend. 'Zo moet de componist het zelf gespeeld hebben' ging er door mij heen. Haar hele verschijning ademt puurheid, en zo ook de intensiteit van haar mimiek tijdens het spelen."
(anonymous uit het publiek)
Keiko Shichijo studied fortepiano with Prof. Stanley Hoogland and organ with Prof. Pieter van Dijk in Amsterdam Conservatory, and specialized contemporary music with Prof. Daan Vandewalle in Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium.
Keiko Shichijo is active around the world playing both solo and chamber music.
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