Kanako Yoshikane

The official website of Kanako Yoshikane, an accomplished concert pianist

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Kanako Yoshikane is a brilliant talent and I am very much looking forward to her future. “ - Sakuji Tanaka (2012-13 the President of Rotary International)

Born in 1990, she has been an active concert artist since her first recital. She took her first piano lesson from her mother at the age of three. After she entered Toho-Gakuen music school for Children, she continued her musical education under Prof. Kazuko Ariga and Takako Okamoto.

In 2008 she graduated from Toho-Gakuen Music High school with Prof. Michiko Okamoto and was selected for the Graduate Concert, at the one of the great halls in Tokyo, Kioi Hall. During her high school years, she was already performing in many cities; besides her official concerts, she was often invited to play at Hospitals, Kindergartens and nursing homes. In 2009 she performed at a Kindergarten in Tokyo, which was broadcast on TV and her work for children was admired.

She has won many prizes at several competitions including 3rd Prize at Japan-Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002, 2nd Prize at All-Japan Students Competition in Tokyo in 2008, semi-finalist at the International Hummel Competition, the unanimously First Prize at International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem “Excellence”, in 2015 she received the 3rd. Prize “Town of Gagny International Piano Competition” and 2nd Prize “Airola Premio Moscato International Piano Competition”.

She received a Scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation for 2011-2012. In 2014 she completed her Bachelor's degree with the unanimous best grade at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Subsequently, she continued her studies with Prof.Christopher Hinterhuber at Universitaet für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

Her concert schedule has taken her to many cities across Europe and beyond, including Berlin, Essen, Weimar, Salzburg, Paris, Geras, and playing as a soloist with the Torun Symphony Orchestra. She has also received lessons from Kazune Shimizu and Andrea Bonatta. Within the last year she has released an album «Hexameron», recorded with the German label MDG, in which she performs selected Variations from Liszt's "Hexameron" and as a solo-piece, Czerny's

"Variations on Sehnsuchtswaltzer by Schubert" Op.12. Her performance on the CD was critically acclaimed.

Jed Distler wrote

"Kanako Yoshikane’s understated elegance and supple fingerwork in Herz’s fluffy filigree stands out ........ Yoshikane’s pianism happily extends to her rippling, poetic performance of Czerny....."

In November 2014, she performed with Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the famous danish conductor Michael Schønwandt, the Piano part of Richard Strauss's “Der Bürger als Edelmann” 

In addition to her solo activity, she is passionate about playing chamber music and Lied accompaniment. In 2013, she took part in a Masterclass by the English pianist Julius Drake. 

She performed at the Salzburg Kammermusik Festival in 2014 and at Lafniz Kammermusik Festival in 2016, to high acclaim.

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