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Pianist Fuzjko Hemming shot to fame after a documentary program about her life was aired on NHK in 1999. Her debut album released the same year, "La Campanella," sold over 2 million copies.
May 2, 2024
Renowned pianist Fuzjko Hemming dies at 92
Born in Berlin to a Swedish architect father and a Japanese pianist mother, Hemming began learning the piano from her mother at the age of 5.
Hiroko Higashino, who was born with three fingers on her right hand, plays an AI-powered piano during a rehearsal for a Christmas concert in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Dec 23, 2023
AI-assisted piano allows disabled Tokyo musicians to perform Beethoven
To assist players, the Anybody's Piano tracks the notes of the music and augments the performance by adding whatever keys are needed but not pressed.
Janos Cegledy sits in a park in Tokyo's Nerima Ward. The pianist says Japan suits him, “There is a certain civility and politeness here which you don’t find anywhere else.”
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / Longform
Dec 11, 2023
The extraordinary life of a Holocaust survivor living in Japan
Janos Cegledy tours schools, telling his story. If the students ever meet a Holocaust denier, he says, they can reply, "I met someone who was there."
Pianist Yukie Nishimura plays a piano repaired from the 3/11 tsunami damage in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday.
Oct 22, 2023
Pianist Yukie Nishimura performs in former no-go zone in Fukushima
The event took place in the Tsushima district in the Fukushima town of Namie after the government's evacuation order was lifted in March this year.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2022
Japanese pianists win first and fourth prizes in Paris contest
Japanese musicians won the first and fourth prizes in the piano category of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin international music competition in Paris.
Japan Times
Sep 4, 2021
Japanese teen wins first prize at Swiss international piano competition
Yumeka Nakagawa became the laureate of the 29th edition of the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2021
Pianist Satoko Fujii creates abstract expressionism in musical form
Whether she’s playing solo piano or leading one of her various large ensembles, pianist and composer Satoko Fujii will tug you toward the details.
Japan Times
Jul 30, 2020
Musician Marihiko Hara delivers 'Passion' project drawing on the sacred and unfamiliar
Marihiko Hara creates a sense of coexistence with the piano and electronic sounds on his new album, “Passion.”
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2020
Seigen Tokuzawa and Masaki Hayashi form a musical duo from the 'roots of soul'
Cellist Seigen Tokuzawa joins forces with pianist Masaki Hayashi to create new album 'Drift.'
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2019
Free jazz veteran Yosuke Yamashita marks 50 years of his trio's 'reckless' playing
The pianist brings together past members of his Yosuke Yamashita Trio for celebratory Tokyo show.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2019
Tomoe Sawa: The singer bridging the Japan-South Korea divide
Tomoe Sawa, the first person to legally sing in Japanese in South Korea after the Second World War, hopes to improve ties between the two countries with her bilingual concerts and recordings
Japan Times
Oct 17, 2019
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii sets the bar high with new concert series
Nobuyuki Tsujii, a piano who has been blind since birth, talks about his upcoming projects and his friendship with violinist Fumiaki Miura
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2019
Hiromi Uehara drops the band and steps out alone
The pianist returns to solo work for her latest album, 'Spectrum,' 10 years after her last solo release
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jun 28, 2019
Japan's Mao Fujita ties for second in Tchaikovsky piano competition
Mao Fujita, 20, tied for second place in the piano category of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition on Thursday, together with Russia's Dmitriy Shishkin, while top honors went to Alexandre Kantorow of France.
Japan Times
May 4, 2019
'The Forest of Wool and Steel': Music and nature intertwine to paint a portrait of growth — review
Natsu Miyashita's 'The Forest of Wool and Steel' is a mesmerizing reading experience, a slow journey in how one young person renders an occupation into a vocation.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: DESIGN
Jan 27, 2019
The last 2018 concept winners
Now 2019 is in full swing, On: Design takes a final look at a few of 2018's end of year noteworthy prizewinners.
Japan Times
Oct 9, 2018
Etsko Tazaki creates her own legacy at the piano keys
If you were a musician and your death was imminent, what piece of music would you like to cover before you die? Maybe you'd want to play a Sex Pistols track on the guitar, or perhaps try mastering a trumpet solo by Dizzy Gillespie?
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2018
Piano trio first from Japan to win ARD classical music competition in Germany
A Japanese piano trio won first prize in the prestigious ARD International Music Competition on Saturday, the organizer said.
Japan Times
Aug 29, 2018
Architect Renzo Piano offers new bridge design for hometown Genoa after tragedy
Italy's best-known architect, Renzo Piano, offered on Tuesday to donate the design for a bridge to replace the one that collapsed in his birthplace of Genoa this month, saying he cannot think about anything else after 43 people were killed in the tragedy.
Japan Times
Aug 1, 2016
Piano repaired with funds from Cyndi Lauper destined for 3/11-hit hospital
A grand piano damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and repaired by the owner of a local musical instrument store will soon be donated to a hospital that is being rebuilt in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, after it was destroyed in the disasters.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?