2nd Steinway Concours Finals in Japan

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Steinway Japan hosted 2nd Steinway Concours Finals in Japan at Oji Hall, Ginza, on March 30.

Inaugurated in 1936 in Hamburg, Germany, the concours offer young piano players under 16 years old, an authentic stage experience. Today, it's staged in Belgium, France, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Sweden, and more recently in China and South East Asia as well.

The largest objective of the concours is offering young talented pianists an experience to play for audience and enjoy playing Steinway piano from early age of life.

A total of 300 participants performed at semi-finals taken place at 8 cities throughout Japan this year, and 31 pianists from 4 categories were invited to the finals.

Kazuhiro Goto, president of Steinway Japan, (photo right) commented, "The contestants displayed marvelous technique and understanding of music. I was much impressed by the extremely transparent sound they delivered. Apparently, they practiced more than once on Steinway piano at local dealers and acquired a refined sense for sound. They looked very relaxed on stage enjoying playing piano. We all felt that our policy was well understood by both the contestants and audience."

Fourteen players were awarded, and Sayaka Hada from Category D (ages between 14 and 16), (photo below left) won a Grand Prix and Audience Awards. She is invited to perform at International Steinway Festival to be held from September 5 through 8 in Hamburg. 





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