I went to a piano concert.I heard a lot of wonderful piano music!A man in the picture is Ryoma Takagi.He is a great pianist.In this concert he played Chopin"Ballade"No.1Op.23,"Revolutionary"Op.10,and Liszt"Tarantella"(Venezia e Napoli,S.162-no.3)Chopin"Ballade"No.1 is one of the most favorite piano music!I was impressed.
Ryoma Takagi was born at Chiba City in Japan at 13, November 1992. He got first elementary education of absolute pitch and the others musical training from his mother from when he was 2 years old, and he was started to study piano performing at 5 years old. On account of that he was excellence in the music classroom which his parents manages, he was taking lesson in real earnest from Professor Elena Ashkenazy of the former teacher of his mother from 7 years old to up to the present. The first prize winner in 2000 at "Chiba Music Competition" under 7 years category, and in 2001 at "Japan TCHAIKOVSKY Competition" under 11 years category. The second place in 2002 at "A.D.ARTOBOLEVSKAYA Open Moscow for the young pianists" under 10 years category.
In August 2003, he participated in "Summer Music Festival at Burg Feistritz" in Austria. Schumann "Abegg-Variation" which was played here got the highest praise from Professor Ilya Grubert who is violin performing artist and professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and first prize winner of the PAGANINI and the TCHAIKOVSKY Competitions (1978). In November 2003 he got first prize winner at "G. NEUHAUS Festival of Young Pianists in Moscow" junior category (under 12 years). In this time he was invited concert by Professor Albert Tarakanov and Professor Valery Voskoboynikov who were the jury of this Competition.