Minori Masuda (Pianist) ............Sound Files

Born in Fukushima, Japan, Minori Masuda began her music studies at age 3, playing piano and composing at YAMAHA music school inTokyo. She performs extensively as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout US, Europe,as well as around Japan. She has been featured soloist at music festivals, such as New York International Keyboard Festival, Ibaraki Art Festival, La Folle Journee au Japon, La Belle Epoque Music Festival, Sergei Babayan International Piano festival, and European Music Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. In May 2004, her recital was broadcasted in 9 cities in Bulgaria (Bulgarian National radio Classic FM), and she has appeared on TV.

Her performances include Radio and TV broadcasts in
Japan and Bulgaria, She was a prizewinner of several piano competitions in Japan, including All Japan music competition (3rd prize), PTNA piano competition, Japan Teachers Associate Competition. She has premiered the music of Japanese composer Yoshio Nakahashi and Israeli Composer Ronn Yedidia.

Ms. Masuda graduated from Tokyo College of Music Senior High School in 1997 and received a degree in Pianist Performance course from Tokyo College of Music where she received schlarship, and also for three consecutive years, was awarded a Special Scholarship for Musicians from The Meiji-Yasuda Life Cultural Foundation. In 2001, she moved to New York and continued her studies at the Mannes College of Music where she received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under scholarship. Currently living in Tokyo, Ms. Masuda engaged performing at Marunouchi-building 35 concert series since 2007. Since 2005, she performs as a guest soloist for IPPO-PHILHARMONIKER to complete 5 piano concertos by Beethoven. Apart from performing, she writes articles for one of the Japanese piano music magazine called CHOPIN.

She has studied with such leading artists as Reiko Matsuzaki, Mieko Harimoto, Hitoko Kurasawa, Bela Siki, Leonald Hokanson, Roland Keller, Georgy Sandor, Sergei Babayan, and Thomas Sauer. And she received instruction in chamber music (Violin&Piano Duo, Piano Quartet) from Todd Phillips (Orion String Quartet), Chin Kim and Arthur Haas (harpsichord).