Yu NitaharaSupported by Club 32 donor Jane McCallum


October 24, 1990


Third Prize: International Mozart Competition (Salzburg, Austria)
First Prize, Piano: Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra International Music Competition (Casablanca, Morocco)
First Prize: Swedish International Duo Competition – Violin and Piano (Katrineholm, Sweden)
Prize for the Best Piano Accompanist: Enescu International Competition (Bucharest, Romania)
First Prize: Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Yu Nitahara graduated with honours from the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, studying under Professors Michiko Kasuya-Ohno and Akira Eguchi.


Yu has performed widely throughout his native Japan as well as other Asian and European countries. He has made appearances in major European festival such as Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, Zilina Allegretto Festival in Slovakia, and has performed in major halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Groβer Saal of the Mozarteum, Salzburg. He has appeared as a soloist with the Morocco Philhamonic Orchestra, Slovakia Philhamonic Orchestra, Gstaad Menuhin Festival Orchestra, Salzburg Orchestra Soloists, Kyusyu Symphony Orchestra and Geidai Philhamonic Orchestra in Japan. He also enjoys performing as a chamber musician.


Yu is currently furthering his formal studies in Austria at the University Mozarteum Salzburg under Professor Pavel Gililov, with a full scholarship from the Japanese Cultural Affairs and Meiji Yasuda Cultural Foundation.



Upcoming Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round

V. Les collines dAnacapri
VI. Des pas sur la neige
VII. Ce qua vu le vent dOuest
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin 

I. Capriccio. Presto energico

II. Intermezzo. Andante

III. Capriccio. Allegro passionato

IV. Intermezzo. Adagio

V. Intermezzo. Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento

VI. Intermezzo. Andantino teneramente

VII. Capriccio. Allegro agitato


II. Leggiero e legato  

Semifinal Round

I. Allegro maestoso 
II. Andante cantabile con expressione 
III. Presto 

[Promenade I] Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
I. The Gnome [Promenade II]. Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza
II. The OldCastle [Promenade III]. Moderato non tanto, pesamente
III. Tuileries
IV. Oxen [Promenade IV]. Tranquillo
V. The Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in their Shells
VI. Samuel Goldenberg andSchmuÿle [Promenade V]
VII. Allegro giusto, nel modo 
russico; poco sostenuto
VII. The Market at Limoges (The Great News)
VIII. Catacombs – With the Dead in a Dead Language
IX. The Hut on Hens’ Legs
X. The Great Gate of Kiev

Final Round

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in D major BWV 912

I. Prélude. Vif

II. Fugue. Allegro moderato

III. Forlane. Allegretto

IV. Rigaudon. Assez vif

V. Menuet. Allegro moderato

VI. Toccata. Vif

I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio. Un poco più lento
IV. Rondo. Allegretto


IX. Abshied (Farewell)

XII. Minstrels