Masataka Goto



Masataka Goto was born in Aichi Prefecture 1985. He started playing the piano at the age of 4.
At the 9th Franz Liszt International Piano Competition held in April 2011, Goto was awarded First Prize in a unanimous decision by the jury, as well as the Audience Award. Lucas Vis, the jury chairman, praised him as “a young samurai defending the honor of music.” Following his victory in the competition, Goto carried out a large-scale concert tour on the invitation of over 20 countries including Japan, beginning with a concert at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Goto contributed all of his prize money to the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery fund, and gave concerts in Kamaishi city and Rikuzen Takada.
Goto has won awards in various international competitions, including the Grand Prize of the Japanese Piano Teachers’ National Association Piano Competition (Superior Grade), 2nd Prize at the 8th Tokyo Music Competition, and 1st prize in the Ennio Porrino International Piano Competition (Italy). His wide-ranging performance activity includes recitals, chamber concerts and orchestra concerts in Japan and other countries.
Goto is a recipient of the Kawasaki City Azalea Prize, and the Aichi Prefecture Art and Culture Encouragement Prize for Newcomers. In 2011 he was awarded the Anjo City Honorary Citizen’s Award for his musical activities thus far, and the Kawasaki City Special Music Award.
Masataka Goto graduated from Showa University of Music and from that university’s Graduate School. He is currently studying at Piano Art Academy, which is associated with the same university. He studies with Fumiko Eguchi.