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Pianist  Keita Chida has performed across Europe and Japan to high critical acclaim and enjoys versatile career as a soloist, concerto soloist, and Chember musicien.

 

He performed with many orchestras during these years such as Tirgu Mures National Symphonic Orchestra in Romania, “Variation Symphonique” and at festivals such as Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig, Banyuls-Sur-Mer Music Festival, and many others, at the celebrated hall as Salle Gaveau, Suntory Hall and many others.

Born in Akita, Japan. At the age of 12, as been deeply impressed by the performance of Eric Heidsieck, he started learning piano seriously. He became the first prize winner of the 2002 Kawai Music National Competition.

After graduating from Akita Senior High School in 2006 he was admitted to the Toho Gakuen College Music Department in the class of Toru Kimura and passed the every exam with highest distinction,

He participated in the Master Class of Mikhail Voskresensky (chief professor of the Moscow conservatory) and joined the Master Class of Pascal Devoyon (professor of Berlin University of the arts) and praised so much  from both great professor in 2008.

In 2007 and 2008, he held a duo recital with violinist  Naoto Sakiya (First prize winner of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, third place winner at an ARD International Music Competition, currently holds the position as concertmaster of Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra) and became well-known. They had made a series of joint appearances afterward.

 

In 2008, Keita Chida was appreciated his talent from Maestro Eric Heidsieck,a world-class pianist, and became his independent disciple. While learning from Maestro Heidsieck as a pupil, he also studied in many other disciplines, such as fine art, sculpting, theater, literature, movie, philosophy, and performance art.

In 2009, he played as a last-minute substitute with the Tirgu Mures National Symphonic Orchestra in Romania, performing M. Ravel’s “Concerto Pour la Main Gauche” and C. Franck’s “Variation Symphonique”, and acclaimed. In the same year, he performed together with Maestro Heidsieck, using two pianos in Paris. Critics mentioned his performance was like “the return of Cortot”.

In 2010, Mr. Chida was invited as a soloist to the 60th anniversary of the Tirgu Mures National Symphonic Orchestra in Romania and the New Year’s Concert commemorating Chopin’s 200th anniversary, in which he performed “Chopin’s Piano Concerto 2”. 

In the same year, he achieved the third place winner, contemporary music prize (the music by Bruno Giner) ,received the audience award and Prix de Société General at the Alain Marinaro International Piano Competition. He received the letter from Bruno Giner “Your Performance was so excellent, every sound was engaged. Thank you for playing.” From then on, he was prohibited from participating in competitions due to Heidsieck’s attitude towards art.

Keita Chida completed the Master-Classe of  “Prélude de C.Debussy” and “Nocturne de Faure” in the following year, given by Heidsieck at the Schola Cantorum in 2010.

 

Mr. Chida performed at the Recital offered from Japanese government  to assist the reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

In 2013, he participated and performed in a concert at the Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Chida appeared at the Banyuls-sur-Mer Music Festival every year performing in piano recitals. Following the 2013 recital, the local newspaper’s critics column called him a “Magician of the color who can make each hue of sound contributes to his music.”

Since 2013, he became interested in eastern philosophy and studied Buddhist philosophy at the Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto.

Keita Chida held lecture concerts at 14 locations in 2018 as a lecturer of Kawai Music Education Study Group and played several concertos,received positive evaluation, and was invited again for the next one.

 

In 2019,he was invited several Festival of the Music in France,Paris,Perpignan,catalan, and Mexico.

 

On the same year,Mr.Chida met and hit it off with Mr.Masato

Kato,president of Bechstein Japan. From then, Bechstein Japan

organize the Concert series of Mr.Chida and talk of Mr.Kato.

On 2021,He organize the International Music Festival in Akita,and performed after that, immediately became a Artistic Director offered from Akita Prefecture and Ministry of Culture.. As his activity is evaluated, He is selected as a Bechstein Artist on all over the world.

He is invited to Artmarkfestspiel, a big music festival on Germany directed by Maestro Reinhard Seehafer, Concert series and Master-classe in Mexico, Recital at Salle Gaveau, participe in International Music Festival in Elba which is founded by Maestro Claudio Abbado and Yuri-Bashmet and Georges Edelman is a actual director, and many others 

He has been performing in concerts in France, Germany, Italy,

Switzerland, Romania, and Japan.

Mr. Chida learned the harmony techniques, counterpoint, and song analysis with Michel Merlet. He learned the piano with Setsuko Hirano, Chie Watanabe, Hidetoshi Oiwa, Takahiro Hoshino, Toru Kimura, and Theodore Paraskivesco.