Tatsuya Nagashima burst into the international limelight in 1993 as the first prize winner of Italy’s Ibla Grand Prize International Piano Competition. Since then, he has been appeared at major festivals and venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre in London, Schauspielhaus and Deutsche Rundfunk Saal in Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society Hall and the Bolishoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, Musikverein in Vienna, Suntory Hall and Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, as well as National Concert Hall of Taiwan.
As a guest soloist with orchestras, Nagashima has performed with world’s leading orchestras, including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Russian Federal Orchestra, St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Kirov Orchestra, Czech National Symphony, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra among many others. The conductors whom he worked with include Valery Gergiev, Daniel Gatti, Vaktang Jordania, Ian Hobson, Jahja Ling and Shigeo Genda.
His long list of awards include the Vittorio Giannini Award, the National Society of Arts and Letters Award in the United States, the Cultural Award from the government of Taiwan, the Japan Performers Association Award, the Chiba Prefecture Cultural Award in Japan and an honorary award from the Art Festival for Children in Moscow. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Kharkov Institute of Music in Ukraine. In August 2003, he received Mayor’s Award from the City of Vienna, Austria for his continuing charity concerts and outreach programs for young audience. His performances have been broadcasted on radio and TV all over Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America including NPR, PBS, ABC and NBC in the United States.
"Resonating with the American Symphony Orchestra, Nagashima's Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 had the power and warmth. His performance was not only virtuosic, but also, there were delicacy and sensitivity. He fascinated audience with the flowing Liszt, received a long standing ovations... he dazzled audience with an encore, dream like performance of Chopin's nocturne. His sensitive touch and passionate expression made the outstanding performance."
US Frontline, New York, (Carnegie Hall Review)
"His clean articulation and rhythmic precision, and the ability of performing with such poetic grandeur and emotional depth without ever losing stylistic elegance proved that he is one of the finest Mozart pianist of today."
Annette Thomas , The London Daily Press
"Nagashima's decisive, powerful playing makes this latest entry self justifying… many will be pleased by the aggressive piano presence as well as by his forthright performance…"
Fanfare Magazine, USA (on his Beethoven's Emperor Concerto CD on Angelok1 label)
"The pianist who has the talent and capability to join the rank of historical giant pianists. Nagashima has all the right qualities to attain an
important career as a pianist"
Music Magazine "Chopin", Japan
"Nagashima's solo was superb...masterful...wide range of color and musicality. Bring him back anytime. We'll be there!"
Tryon Daily, NC, USA
"Tatsuya Nagashima played with authority and skill, displaying a fine command of the music throughout. The piano sang under Nagashima's hand and the power and confidence of his playing made for a superb performance."
The Herald-Sun, Durham, NC, USA
"Nagashima is one of the most notable pianist of the world's music scene today"
"sophisticated, dynamic performance...wonderful touch on the keyboard"
"He arrived to play the first concert and knocked our socks off. Not only he was gracious and humble, but he played the piece beautifully."
The Strad Magazine
"The Concert was outstanding... Nagashima was splendid. It reminded me of our great discovery of Van Cliburn in 1958, on this very same stage (Tchaikovsky Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory)...he played with great passion, and faultless professionalism."
Sergei Gossachinsky, News Moscow, Russia
"Tatsuya Nagashima's stirring performance of Beethoven's Emperor concerto. Nagashima goes all out for grandiosity in his big-boned reading playing with improvisatory quality that unearths premonitions of Franz Liszt's concertos... full freshed approach..."
Victor Karr, ClassicToday.com
"full of passion, natural musicality"
China Times, Taiwan
"Sometime sensitive, sometime passionate, Nagashima's brilliant performance fascinated audience... he was splendid performing this
contemporary and sometime jazzy (Copland's) concerto requires virtuoso pianistic skills..."
US Frontline, USA (Lincoln Center Concert Review)
"Nagashima, winner of many awards and competitions, demonstrated compellingly how an interpretation can make music accessible...
Nagashima captivated the audience with his astonishing keyboard skills, and put enormous expression into this unusual work."
Igor Larionoff, The Moscow Tribune, Russia (on the Russian Premier of Copland's Piano Concerto)
"technical excellence and the ability to instill a real depth of emotion into music."
The Elkhart Truth, IN, USA
"technically polihed, artistically abundantly ripen."
National Concert Hall Magazine, Taipei, Taiwan
"clear and very expressive playing by Tatsuya Nagashima....delicate fingers..."
South Bend Tribune, IN, USA
"Dazzling and magical performances of piano masterpieces by Schumann and Kabalevsky delivered with precision and passion. "
"good, solid, no-nonsense Emperor to add to the 60 or so already in the catalogs… The Taiwan-born pianist, Nagashima, who began his career as a child prodigy in Taiwan and Japan, plays well. …(the recording is) attractive, and I'm sure I'll listen to them again."
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