Taka Kigawa
"Phenomenon... There's no denying he's something special." - The New York Times
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"Sensitive and deeply considered, with its individual lines painted in subtle gradations of color and weight..."

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"As a well formulated work of art, with all of the lovely ornamentation fully in place"
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"The first movement, with its strong three-note motto, subsequently borrowed by the likes of Schubert and Mahler, sounded here like a pronouncement of great import..."
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"The formidable Taka Kigawa performed it: with extreme precision and smoothness"

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"Mr. Kigawa recast the sonata as an essay in how to apply suppleness to virtuosity, and the result was an energetic but also characterful account."

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"Seldom has it sounded more focused than in Kigawa's version"

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"Taka Kigawa played the whole thing from memory, eliciting astonishment." "Mr. Kigawa's feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material."

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"Kigawa, whose rhythmic sensibility is truly astonishing"

Taka Kigawa in the video, Pierre Boulez on 12 Notations - Universal Edition

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"Mr. Kigawa’s sharp-edged, exquisitely transparent rendering of the Boulez canon (which won whistles and shouts) was offered."

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"A sizzling, virtuosic performance"

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"'Night Fantasies,' which concluded the recital, was the evening's clear triumph."

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"Mr. Kigawa did full justice to those attributes"

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Kigawa did not hide the multiple layers of each piece under a compact appearance; on the contrary, he exposed them and on doing so, he forced the listener to work almost as much as himself.

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"He plunged into Chopin's Opus 10 études with opening phrases of taut authority and conviction"

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"Chopin’s Ballades No. 2 and No. 4 allowed the pianist to show his lyrical side and the familiar G Minor Ballade evoked expressions of recognition and appreciation from the very large audience."
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"The above question of whether Mr. Kigawa pulled this difficult program off is: absolutely! And with an air of ease about it as well."

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"Mr. Kigawa plays with a fundamental gentleness, even in intense passages, but he brings a precision to the relentless pricks and bristling repetitions in these pieces."

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"He knows how to make this music sparkle"

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"He knows how to make this music sparkle. He is equally adept at tapping Debussy’s sense of mystery..." - The New York Times

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"The following Debussy (Sonata for Cello and Piano) gave more room for color, and the opening Prologue showed both players aiming for an ancient aura, a nobility."

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"Mr. Kigawa plowed ahead, like an ancient-language linguist, successfully decoding the glyphs on a shard without knowing the language."

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"Mr. Kigawa played it with the fuidity that a jazz player brings to an extended solo"

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"This is astoundingly difficult music..."
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"Coolly precise virtuosity."

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"Kigawa played its repeated note gestures with fleet-fingered dexterity..."

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"Taka's playing was marvelous right from the murmuring start of the piece."

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Taka Kigawa world-premiered Yusef Lareef's last solo piano piece, Autophysiopsychic, on April 2013 at Roulette in New York City.
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"The pianist Taka Kigawa gave an electrifying traversal of all 18 Ligeti Études, a kaleidoscopic set of works that demands the unrelenting energy and precision that are Mr. Kigawa’s specialties."

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"Mr. Kigawa led the orchestra a merry chase, especially in the Stravinsky-like finale."

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