A recital of New York-based Japanese pianist Taka Kigawa was chosen as one of the notable concerts of the first half of the season by Musical America, the oldest American magazine focused on news and coverage of the classical music industry. Of Kigawa’s performance at (le) Poisson Rouge on August 22, 2011, Musical America Directory Editor Sedgwick Clark writes, “ . . . there’s no doubt about Kigawa’s ambition and conviction. Thrilling pianism.”
Clark ranked Kigawa with the New York Philharmonic and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on his list, which Musical America posted earlier this month
Since winning First Prize in the 1990 Japan Music Foundation Competition in Tokyo and the 1998 Diploma Prize at Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, Kigawa has performed extensively both as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in many prestigious venues all over the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cité de la Musique and Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Plau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Kigawa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinshu University in Japan and holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York.