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Liszt award-winning pianist in Ludlow

Liszt award-winning pianist in Ludlow

On Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 PM, Ludlow will welcome Masataka Goto as he performs at the First Baptist Church, 400 Linden St. “It is truly a privilege to host a concert of this caliber in our community” commented Joni Powers, who has organized Liszt Competition Winner performances in Maysville, Ky for the past 10 years.

 On 9 April 2011, Masataka Goto was awarded First Prize at the 9th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Utrecht. The jury compared him to “a young samurai defending the honour of music.”

Born and raised in Japan, Masataka Goto has been playing the piano since the age of four.  Onward he studied with Fumiko Eguchi at the Showa Graduate School of Music, Shin-Yurigaoka, where as of 2012 he is a professor at the Piano Department.
As part of his ʻcareer development programʼ offered by the Liszt Competition, Masataka has already given over 100 performances in 20 countries. The morning following the Competitionʼs finals, he made his debut in the main hall of Amsterdamʼs Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Jaap van Zweden. Other concert appearances include Russia (with the State Hermitage Orchestra), Germany (Berlin International Music Festival), Poland (at the Duszniki Festival & the Krakow State Philharmonic Orchestra), China (including the main-hall of NCPA & Shanghai Concerthall), Indonesia, Brazil, The United States, Belgium (at the Festival of Flanders), Latvia (with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra) and Japan (with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, among others).

Upcoming performances in 2013 include Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody with The
Rotterdam Philharomonic Orchestra and solo recitals in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Ludlow, Kentucky!


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