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Kiyotaka Izumi

Kiyotaka IZUMI was born in Tokyo, Japan. In 1995, he completed his studies at "The Music High-school attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music". In 1997, he left for Belgium and studied at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp under the guidance of Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx.
In 2002, Kiyotaka received his "Master in Music" diploma from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, where he received the "Greatest Distinction" for piano. Afterwards, he studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels with Boyan Vodenitcharov. After graduating "Specialisation Instrument - Chamber Music" from the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels in 2005, in 2008 he obtained the "Postgraduate Concert Soloist" and "Postgraduate Chamber Music" diplomas from the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp with the "Greatest distinction". He took master classes with Murray Perahia, Jan Wijn, Hans Leygraf and Jozef De Beenhouwer and private lessons with Conrad Hansen in Hamburg, Germany.

Kiyotaka became a laureate of several international competitions such as "Machida Piano Competition" in Japan, "Benelux Young Virtuosos Competition", "International EPTA Competition for Piano Duo" (also received the "Sabam Prize" there), the "International Emmanuel Durlet Competition for Piano" (as well as the "Prize for the best interpretation of Emmanuel Durlet's work") in Belgium, "International Maria Yudina Competition for Piano Duo" in Russia, "International Music Competition - Un Ricetto in Musica for Piano Duo" in Italy, "International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera" (Prize for the best interpretation of the work of a composer from the Balearic Islands) in Spain, "TV Music Award", "Concours Musical de France" in France. Kiyotaka gave guest performances at the "International Chopin Festival" in Ghent, gala concert for the King Baudouin Foundation in the presence of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde. He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Volgograd Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Hermes Ensemble, the Concert Festival Orchestre, the Orfeo Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra De Lier and the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.
Kiyotaka performs on prominent stages in Belgium such as Bozar in Brussels, De Singel in Antwerp , De Bijloke in Ghent and the Concertgebouw in Bruges. Abroad, he performs in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Switzerland, Russia , Thailand and Japan, among others. Kiyotaka now has 11 CDs to his name with music by Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Durlet, Fiocco, Boutmy, Robson, Raick and Kennis. His CD recordings and "live concerts" are regularly broadcast on Radio in Belgium, Germany and Japan.  In addition to his solo and chamber music activities, Kiyotaka also works in combination with other art forms and artists such as actor Dimitri Leue, visual artist Koen Brucke and journalist Marc Van de Looverbosch.
Kiyotaka has been a pianist-accompanist at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp since 2008. He also teaches piano at the Municipal Academy for Music and Word in Borgerhout and Willebroek. He also gives master classes in Russia, Japan and Thailand.