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Junko Inada

Junko Inada

Junko Inada is a Japanese classical pianist whose performances and recordings have won her awards the across the world.

Junko Inada graduated the Piano Performers' course at the High school attached to the Tokyo College of Music as head of her class. After graduating, she studied at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and graduated with Premier Prix in both piano and chamber music classes. She then continued her studies at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where she was granted the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste. She has won many national and international prizes in such competitions as the Student Music Concurs of Japan, the Music Competition of Japan, the Sofia International Piano Competition. The most re-markable prize she was awarded was the 3rd prize in the Rachmaninov International Music Competition in Moscow in 1997 (the 2nd prize was not awarded). Since then Ms. Inada has been furthering her career with performances in Europe as well as in Japan.

Further to this, Ms. Inada enjoys an established reputation for her witty comments and unique stage personality. She is highly regarded for her dynamic performances and is considered one of the most promising pianists in Japan, with a consistent stream of performances both in Europe and in Asia.

Ms. Inada has played with renowned orchestras including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Sofia Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She gained great critical acclaim following her performance of Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto in 2001 and 2nd Piano Concerto in 2005, both with the Tokyo New City Philharmonic Orchestra. In spring 2002, she started her recital series ‘Imagination' which contained a series of concerts celebrating the 130th anniversary of Rachmaninov's birth.

In autumn 2004, Ms. Inada released her first album, ‘Tableaux' which proved incredibly popular winning praise from many critics; ‘dignified virtuosity with dazzling sound', ‘sensitive but brilliant pianism'. Ms. Inada studied with Katsuko Miura, the late Toyoaki Matsuura, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Alain Planès and the late Germaine Mounier.