5th Takamatsu International Piano Competition: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano selected by 2nd, 3rd and 4th prize winners
At the 5th Takamatsu International Piano Competition held from February 12th to 24th, 2023, in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, three of the five finalists performed using the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano.
Held every four years, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition is one of the most prestigious international piano competitions in Japan. At this year's 5th competition, three of the five finalists performed using the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano, and Shuhei AOSHIMA was awarded the 2nd place prize, Nail MAVLIUDOV the 3rd place prize, and Yuya NISHIMOTO the 4th place prize.
5th Takamatsu International Piano Competition: Final Results
|1st Prize||Philipp LYNOV||Russia|
|2nd Prize||Shuhei AOSHIMA||Japan||Shigeru Kawai SK-EX|
|3rd Prize||Nail MAVLIUDOV||Russia||Shigeru Kawai SK-EX|
|4th Prize||Yuya NISHIMOTO||Japan||Shigeru Kawai SK-EX|
|5th Prize||Maria NARODYTSKA||Ukraine|
Philipp LYNOV, Russia
Shuhei AOSHIMA, Japan (Shigeru Kawai SK-EX)
Nail MAVLIUDOV, Russia (Shigeru Kawai SK-EX)
Yuya NISHIMOTO, Japan (Shigeru Kawai SK-EX)
Maria NARODYTSKA, Ukraine
About the Takamatsu International Piano Competition
The Takamatsu International Piano Competition has been held every four years since 2006 in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. By expanding the circle of international exchange through contact with musicians who challenge the world, and by continuing to hold this international competition full of dreams and excitement, the competition aims to contribute to the development of Kagawa's musical culture and to foster it in the local community. This is the third international piano competition established in Japan, following the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (held every three years since 1991) and the Sendai International Music Competition (held every three years since 2001).
About the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano
Unveiled in 2001 as the flagship instrument of the Shigeru Kawai line, the SK-EX concert grand piano is hand-crafted in limited numbers following a unique ‘prototyping’ creation process. In order to achieve the supreme range of expression required in a concert piano, each instrument utilises a variety of carefully selected materials, with premium aged spruce soundboards. Shigeru Kawai instruments adopt the advanced Millennium III keyboard action, featuring extended wooden keys and advanced ABS Carbon action parts, providing superior speed and responsiveness than conventional wooden action parts, allowing pianists to express a greater range of feeling and emotion in their performance.