Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA will present a recital celebrating the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez - The Complete Solo Piano Works: Twelve Notations, First Sonata, Second Sonata, Third Sonata (which includes a rare performance of Sigle), Incises, and Une page d’éphéméride.
Pierre Boulez’s piano pieces have long been a singular specialty of Taka Kigawa’s. He has performed the music many times worldwide, receiving unanimous acclaim from both critics and audiences alike. The New York Times has written: “It was music of Mr. Boulez that spurred [Kigawa] to greater intensity and spontaneity. Mr. Kigawa's feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material”; and, “Mr. Kigawa recast the [Boulez] sonata as an essay in how to apply suppleness to virtuosity, and the result was an energetic but also characterful account.” La Nacíon, Argentina’s leading paper, declared that “Kigawa, whose rhythmic sensibility is truly astonishing, proved to be a real master.” Pierre Boulez himself highly praised Kigawa’s performance of his works: “I was very much impressed by the brilliant way he performed them. He was precise, and at the same time inventive.”
Kigawa is touring worldwide this year with the Pierre Boulez Complete Solo Piano Works program – in California in May; Buenos Aires, Argentina in late April; Midwestern and Southern USA in June; New York City in August, and Japan in November. This LPR recital promises to be one of the most exciting events of the season.
Taka Kigawa’s solo recitals at (Le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have been resounding successes, receiving enormous critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day. His recital there in August 2010 was chosen as the one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His August 2011 recital was chosen by Musical America as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season.
Taka Kigawa has steadily built his reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, renowned as much for his superb musicianship as for his courageous programming. The New York Times described him as “A phenomenon. There’s no denying that he’s something special.” 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, he has performed extensively as a recitalist, a member of major chamber music ensembles, and soloist with orchestra in many prestigious venues worldwide, 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. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. His performances and recordings have been broadcast over many television and radio networks, including WQXR-FM in New York. Mr. Kigawa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University in Japan, and continued his studies in New York at The Juilliard School, where he holds a Master of Music degree.