Associate Professor - Yoshio Hamano (Japan-Russia)
Born in Tokyo, Japanese‐Russian pianist Yoshio Hamano has been a laureate of international piano competitions such as the Nordic Piano Competition in Malmö, Almaty International Piano Competition, International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose CA, and Minoru Nojima Yokosuka Piano Competition. The 1st prize at the 2011 Music Competition of Japan has aided Yoshio in achieving recognition as a prominent recital artist.
Yoshio Hamano has had the privilege to study with the distinguished artists of our times: Eliso Virsaladze, late Elena Ashkenazy, Dmitri Alexeev, Gerald Fauth, and Dr Nikita Fitenko. He completed his Master of Performance and Artist Diploma in 2015 at the Royal College of Music London and obtained the Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012 from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he studied with Dr Atsuko Okada.
With a dual Japanese-Russian background, Yoshio devotes his passion for music-making with facilitating dialogues between cultures through the arts. Recitals and collaborative projects have brought Yoshio to numerous venues across Japan and the United States, United Kingdom (Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields), Germany, Scandinavia, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Yoshio has performed extensively as soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Tokyo Symphony, Central Aichi Symphony, Geidai Philharmonia, Lund City Orchestra, working with distinguished conductors Alexander Lazarev, David Geringas, Kazuki Yamada, Naoto Otomo and Masahiko Enkoji among others.
Yoshio Hamano is now a full-time lecturer of piano at Tokyo College of Music, having taught part time previously at Tokyo University of the Arts. In addition, he works as the artistic director of Renaissance Projects Worldwide Concert Series organised in partnership with pianist Toshihiro Kaneshige, as well as an independent concert producer: among his projects are regular outreach tours to north‐eastern region of Japan, worst affected by the March 2011 Higashi‐Nihon Earthquake and Tsunami. Since 2020, Yoshio Hamano has served as Associate Professor and jury member at the JMI Piano Competitions.
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