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.
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) in 2008.
Mr. Chida was awarded the Jury’s Special Encouragement Prize in the 2007 Tama Fresh Music Concert
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 and received the audience award at the Alain Marinaro International Piano Competition. From then on, he was prohibited from participating in competitions due to Heidsieck’s attitude towards art.
He performed in recitals throughout South France.
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 Kawai Concert Recital 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.
From 2016, he returned to Paris to continue his studies and obtained the permission to keep learning under Mr. Heidsieck at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and Schola Cantorum
Keita Chida held lecture concerts at 14 locations in 2018 as a lecturer of Kawai Music Education Study Group, received positive evaluation, and was invited again for the next one.
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.