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Izumi Tateno, piano

Izumi Tateno is a top Japanese pianist who has performed over 3,500 concerts around the world and released one hundred recordings.
In 1968, he placed second at the Messiaen International Piano Competition. In 1976, the Finnish government awarded him the Order of the First Class Knight of the Lion of Finland. Since1981 he has been beneficiary of a stipend given by the government of Finland. He is presently the president of the Sibelius Society of Japan.
In both 1982 and 1988, Tateno performed as a soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour of Japan. In 1984, he performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on its European tour. In 1994, he was soloist with a Japan tour by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to the St. Petersburg White Nights Festival in 1995. The same year he gave recitals around Japan and in Helsinki in commemoration of his thirty-fifth year as a concert pianist. In 1996, he received an award from the Japanese foreign minister for his contributions to friendly relations between Japan and other nations. In honor of the two hundredth anniversary of Schubert’s birth, he presented a seven-evening series of over 50 concerts around Japan and Finland.
From 1989 until 1993 he worked as artistic director for the Finland Music Festival, and from 1991, the artistic director of the Nordic Light Sapporo music festival. In 1998 until 2007 he worked the artistic director of the “Oulunsalo Music Festival ? Izumi Tateno and His Friends.”

On January 9, 2002 Tateno collapsed on stage with an apoplectic stroke. It was right after the last piece at his recital in Finland. It resulted in a paralysis of the right half of his body. After concentrating on continuous rehabilitation, Tateno returned to concert activities and performed recitals throughout Japan in May 2004, playing with only his left hand. His passion for music has moved people and he has been capturing people’s attention since then. Various magazines and TV programmes have taken up his life. Currently, he continues solo activities only with the left hand, and a number of new pieces for the left hand have been written for him by composers who were touched by his activities.
Most active composers as Michio Mamiya, P.H Nordgren, Hikaru Hayashi,Yasuo Sueyoshi, Takashi Yoshimatsu, coba,and Kensaku Tanikawa have dedicated their original works to his left hand. The music pieces he worked on as if following water vein of his life give audience unforgettable impression, being backed with his calmly burning love for music.
In 2007, he premièred “Cepheus note”, the first piano concerto for a left hand in Japan composed by Takashi Yoshimatsu, with Sächsische Staataskapelle Dresden.

Tateno has performed as a soloist under such renowned conductors as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jiri Belohlavek, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, John Pritchard and Mariss Jansons. He has performed with almost every living Finnish and Japanese conductor ? Paavo Berglund, Okko Kamu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hiroyuki Iwaki and Hiroshi Wakasugi, to name a few.
 
His broad repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary pieces. He has received high acclaim for his performances and recordings in all genres. Honorable Director of Minamisouma Shimin Bunka Hall in Fukushima, Japan, President of the Sibelius Society of Japan, and Advisor of the Sévrac Society of Japan and an honorary citizen of Saint-Félix-Lauragais, Languedoc.

In 2006 he was awarded the Sibelius Medal by the Sibelius Society of Finland. In autumn 2008, for the outstanding contribution during his musical activities of many years, Tateno was awarded “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” and the honorable recognition from the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs in Japan.

In August 2011, he made great success given a standing ovation in the charity concert for the Great East Japan Earthquake in Helsinki, performing a program which entirely consisted of works (solo, chamber music piece, and concerto) written by Japanese composers. In May 2012, he launched a large-scaled project of 16 concerts to be held over the 2 years under the title “Izumi Tateno Festival ? Music Festival for a heft hand”.

Official homepage:http://www.izumi-tateno.com

(May, 2012)

Izumi Tateno, piano

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