Pianists and Keyboardists
Pianist and composer Cesare Picco has become an official ‘Yamaha Artist’, becoming part of an exclusive group of musicians. Cesare Picco started studying piano when he was four years old and from 1986 he started to perform his own music. He is author to ballets, operas, music for theatre and special projects performed worldwide Cesare has performed at Italy’s most important festivals and worldwide including Delhi Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival, Singapore Old Parliament, Hanoi Opera House, Al Maidan Centre Kuwait City, Kolkata Tagore Centre, Shillong Auditorium, Guggenheim Venice, Tokyo Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Whitney Museum, and Tokyo Blue Note. He has worked with distinguished artists including Naseer Shamma, Giovanni Hidalgo, Edmar Castaneda, Nino Josele, Vasilis Saleas, Miles Jaye, Giovanni Sollima, Hajime Mizoguchi, Markus Stockhausen, Yukimi Nagano, Taketo Gohara, and many Italian artists. As a composer he has written music for solos, chamber music ensembles and orchestras such as Virtuosi Italiani, Berlin Chamber Soloists, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Maria João Pires
One of the legends of the piano world, Pires has appeared all over the globe with all the major orchestras, and performed at all the most important international festivals .
Ilya Rashkovskiy was the 1st prize winner at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2012), the Citta di Pinerolo Competition (2012), the International Jaen Competition (2005), and at the Hong Kong International Competition (2005). He is among the top prize winners of the Long-J.Thibaud Competition in Paris (2nd Place), Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (4th Place) and Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters in Tel Aviv (3rd Place).
A musical phenomenon, Hiromi gathered attention when performed Chick Corea invited her to perform with him when just 17. She already had a recording contract while still in college, and is now an award winning star known around the world.
James Newton Howard
Check the credits of your favorite box-office smash from the past two decades, and there's a good chance you'll see James Newton Howard listed as composer. Howard has contributed music to more than 100 films, from romantic comedies to action thrillers to sci-fi blockbusters, earning Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations or awards along the way. He's also contributed to the small screen with compositions like the Emmy-nominated main theme for the long-running series ER.
Khozyainov became known around the world by his outstanding performance as the youngest finalist in the 2010 Chopin Competition in Poland. Since then he has won top prizes at the Dublin and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and has toured around the world.
Alberto Pizzo joins the Yamaha family and becomes an official Yamaha Artist. Born in Naples in 1980, Alberto Pizzo began studying the piano at a young age. In 2004 he graduated at Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples and took part in many national and international piano contests. In 2006 he obtained a second level degree in Concert Piano at the same Conservatory in Naples. In 2007, as solo pianist, he performed the music for a Rai International show about Vincenzo Bellini and for GEO & GEO, a RaiTre show. In 2009 Alberto held a concert at the Japan Stock Exchange as a solo artist and with soprano Yuki Sumani. In 2010 he entered Palco Reale of Gianni Sergio.
Francesco Tristano is just as comfortable on the techno club scene as he is on the classical concert platform and audiences across the world are enthralled and amazed in equal measure when they hear him performing.
Katsaris established an impressive international reputation at a very early age after success in many top competitions. He is celebrated globally as a pianist possessing both unparalleled technique and rich and poetic expression.
Antonio Faraò, one of the most interesting jazz pianists of the last generation, has become an official “Yamaha Artist” “I'm not often surprised by the recordings of musicians the way I was overwhelmed the ﬁrst time I heard Antonio Faraò on one of his recent CD's. What amazed me was what I felt inside of me. There is so much warmth, conviction and power to his playing. I was immediately attracted to his harmonic conception, the joy of his rhythms and swing feel and the grace and ingenuity of his melodic improvisational lines. Antonio is not only a ﬁne pianist but a great one.” (Herbie Hancock)