Japanese Artists

Kenji Watanabe

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Kenji Watanabe

1954 Born in Gifu; Raised in Nagoya 1976 B.M., Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 1978 M.M., Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 1978-83 Studied at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest 1984-87 Part-time Lecturer, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 1988-04 Associate Professor, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 2004- Professor, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; Director, Art Media Center Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 2005- Trustee, Vice President, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

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Performances: 1983-Present Ten to twenty concerts annually; Liszt and Bartok (solo, chamber music; accompanist) Some of the major performances in the last 10 years: 1996 Solo recitals (Ebina, Tokyo, Gushikawa); Tokyo (KDD classic festival), Ebina (Atsuko Tenma Vn recital); Sogakudo (Hideki Hofuku / Emiko Onuma Recital), Nagoya (Naomi Ishida Vn recital) 1997 Solo recitals (Tokyo, Gushikawa, Tsuyazaki); Sagami-Ohno (Hideki Hofuku Br recital), Nagoya (Naomi Ishida Vn recital), Tokyo (Hideki Hofuku Br recital), Kuala Lumpur & Yangon (Joint recital with Hideki Hofuku) 1998 Solo recitals (Matsuyama, Tokyo, Kochi, Ebina, Gushikawa); Shizuoka (Hideki Hofuku Br recital), Sogakudo Opening series (University student orchestra regular concert), Nagoya (Naomi Ishida Vn recital) 1999 Solo recitals (Tokyo, Ebina), Nagoya (Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra), Sogakudo (University Orchestra regular concert), Akiyoshidai & Iwakuni (Akiyoshidai Festival Orchestra) 2000 Solo recitals (Tokyo, Gushikawa); Ayase (chamber music), Nagoya (Naomi Ishida Vn recital), Sogakudo (2000 Chopin series:University Orchestra) 2001 Solo recitals (Tokyo, Cebu, Odawara), Manila (Joint recital with Flutist Antonio maigue), Nagoya (Naomi Ishida Vn recital), Saga (Kenji Watanabe and his company) 2002 Solo recitals (Tokyo, Gushikawa); Ayase (chamber music), Tokyo (Mariko Aikawa Vn recital), Nagoya (Naomi Ishida Vn recital), Oosaka (Hitomi Katagiri Alto Recital) 2003 Solo recital (Tokyo), Nagoya (Futaba & Mizuki Kato Vn recital, Naomi Ishida Vn recital, Yuki Hyakutake Va recital), Tokyo (Gala concert of Japan Federation of Musicians), Solo recital(Ouchi-Machi), Sogakudo (Prokofieff series) 2004 Solo recital (Tokyo), Nagoya (Futaba & Mizuki Kato Vn recital, Naomi Ishida Vn recital), Sogakudo (Wind Instrument series) 2005 Solo recital (Tokyo), Nagoya (Futaba & Mizuki Kato Vn recital, Naomi Ishida Vn recital)

 Awards: 1974 First Prize at Japan National Music Competition; 1977 Special award; 1979 Third Prize at ARD competition, Munich; 1980 Fifth Place, Japan International Music Competition; 1981 Forth Place, Liszt-Bartok International Piano Competition; 1986 Liszt-Medal, Hungarian Cultural Ministry; 1992 “Sora no hi” Art Prize, Japan Aeronautic Association.

Educational Activities Piano, Chamber music, Ensemble I/II/III (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) Intensive Lecture Series: Joy of Piano Music (Hokkaido University)

Designated unanimously in 1997 as ambassador of French cello, Anne Gastinel was nominated in New York by Marta Casals-Istomin to receive the mythical Matteo Gofriller cello belonging to Pablo Casals. Presently Miss Gastinel performs on a Testore made in 1690 (association “Fonds Instrumental Franc,ais”).

Social Activities Jury, Various Competitions and Auditions in Japan; Special councilor, Japan Piano Teachers Association ; Open Lessons and Lectures: Various places in Japan; Publications: Journal articles on subjects such as “Liszt and Bartok Piano Works,” and Piano Performance (“Lesson no Tomo,” “Ongaku no Tomo,” and others)