- Aki Kuroda (piano)
- 20th Century
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Born in Osaka, Aki Kuroda graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1992. She won the 1st prizes at the 23th French Music Competition in '93 and at the Contemporary Music Competition in '97 and selected the special interpretation award in Xavier Montsalvatge the 20th century Music Competition for Piano in '95. She has performed the works of many twentieth-century composers and has appeared as a soloist with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. She also has participated in many major concerts and first performances both at home and abroad. In the first performance of Regis Campo's "Piano Concerto" with Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, her jazzy improvisational cadenza gave great impact to contemporary composers with her remarkable technique and acute sensitivity.
Beyond the boundaries of classical and contemporary music, she increases activities in various genre as popular, tango, world music, avant-garde, for stage and so on. She has devotion to performing the works of Astor Piazzolla, including regular concerts started in '91 and recording Piazzolla's world premiere in her CDs "TANGO PRELUDE" and "TANGO 2000". "Piano Collections FINAL FANTASY X", the game soundtrack Aki worked with composer Nobuo Uematsu, attracted attention in 2002. She now lives in Milan.