Rieko NEZU (pf)
Rieko NEZU graduated from the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo, and continued her study at the postgraduate course in the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (Poland), as an international exchange student acknowledged by the Polish Government.
She won the first prize at the Kil International Piano Competition (1996, Sweden), 4th Prize and the Best Performance Prize of the Paderewski’s Composition at the 6th Paderewski International Piano Competition (2004, Poland). In 2005, she became a finalist and recipient of Honorary Mention at the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
She made her professional debut at “PTNA Recital Series for Teenage Pianists” in 2000, and became one of the pianists sought after in Japan. Her appearances in “Concert Tour for 80th anniversary of Kawai Piano (2007)”, Channel Pygmalion Days Artists (2008)”, “244th Concert by The Frédéric Chopin Society of Japan (2009)” were some of the remarkable achievements.
Her international recognition rises accordingly. She has been invited to many international festivals including Chopin Festivals in Europe, where she was reviewed as “a talented pianist who brings tremendous musical excitement to audience.” She also received acclamations in “24th Chopin Festival in Valldemossa in Palma de Mallorca (2007, Spain)”, and the concert at the United Nations Headquarters (2009, Switzerland) that commenced the series of events celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Chopin and the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Poland diplomatic relations.
Based in Poland, she has given numerous concerts. Besides solo and chamber music, she has played with many orchestras; Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon-Provence (France), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, regional orchestras in Poland, Geidai Philharmonia (Japan), etc.
She has released two CDs so far; “Rieko Nezu plays Paderewski & Chopin” (CD-ACCORD) and “The Stage of Rieko Nezu at the 15th Chopin International Piano Competition” (Victor Entertainment).
Her sincere approach to music and a variety of concert planning always evoke great enthusiasm, and her next musical challenge is strongly awaited by lots of fans.
She has studied under Katsuko Kaneko, Sumiko Mikimoto, Shoko Sugitani, Mieko Harimoto, Akiyoshi Sako, Dang Thai Son, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Ewa Poblocka, and received professional advices by Marta Argerich, Regina Smendzianka and Dominique Merlet.