Piano Duo Profile
(c)Toshiaki YamadaPiano Duo:
Nobuhito Nakai & Miwako Takeda
Pianist Miwako Takeda graduated and had the master's degrees from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and later the University for Music and Performing Arts, Munich, before further study at Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Miwako Takeda won the 2nd prize at Japan Music Competition for young pianists in Tokyo, the 3rd prize and the special medal at Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona 1998, the 3rd prize at G.B.Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli 1998, and various prizes at numerous international competitions including Palma d'Oro International Music Competition, International Piano Competition in Rome, International Competition for Piano and Orchstra in Mazara del Vallo, Mavi Marcoz International Piano Competition, and Ennio Porrino International Piano Competition. Takeda has appeared as a soloist with Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino, Romanian Symphony Orchestra, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and so on. She received acclaim for her performance of Mozar t from I. Haebler, the world authority, and from P. Lang. Takeda released CDs 'cantando-angelico' (PAMP-1025) and 'Miwako Takeda plays Liszt' (PAMP-1031). Takeda is faculty member of Ueno Gakuen University.
Pianist Nobuhito Nakai graduated and had the master's degrees from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and later the University for Music and Performing Arts, Munich, before further study at Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Nakai won the DAAD scholarship during his study in Germany. Nakai won the 3rd prize at Music Competition of Japan, the 2nd prize and the audience award at International Johannes Brahms Competition, the 1st prize, Antonino Mostacci praize (for the best performer of the chamber music), and Anna Maria Castiglioni prize (for the best accompanist of Airs and Lieder) at International Piano Competition 'Citta di Senigallia', the 3rd prize (the 1st prize was not awarded) at G. B. Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, honorary mention at Prague Spring International Music Competition, the best prize at Mavi Marcoz International Piano Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Bertini conducting Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the 100th Anniversaty Concert of W. Kempff's Birth in Italy. In 2004, Nakai started a project 'Brahms Series' in which he played Brahms's complete piano works of solo and duo. He released a CD 'Brahms' (PAMP-1030). Nakai is a f aculty member of Toho Gakuen College of Music and Toho Gakuen College of Graduate Studies of Music.