Yu Nitahara


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 1: 20-Minute Recital

I. Allegro
II. Andante amoroso
III. Allegro

I. Darkly

II. Leggiero e legato

I. Allegro

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

I. Ile de Feu I

I. Préambule

II. Pierrot

III. Arlequin

IV. Valse noble

V. Eusebius

VI. Florestan

VII. Coquette

VIII. Réplique (Sphinxes)

IX. Papillons

X. A.S.C.H. – S.C.H.A.: Lettres Dansantes

XI. Chiarina

XII. Chopin

XIII. Estrella

XIV. Reconnaissance

XV. Pantalon et Colombine

XVI. Valse allemande

XVII. Paganini


XIX. Promenade

XX. Pause

XXI. Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins

Semi Finals Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

V. Les collines d’Anacapri

V. Des pas sur la neige

VII. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest

IX. La séréade interrompue

X. La Cathédrale engloutie

XI..La danse de Puck

XII. Minstrels

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

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Allegro, ma non troppo

II. Improvisation: Andante cantabile

III. Finale: Andante – Allegro

III. Schön Rosmarin

I. Allegro vivace

II. Adagio affettuoso

III. Allegro passionate

IV. Allegro molto

I. Spinning Song

Final Round 1: Concerto with String Orchestra

I. Allegro

II. Andante

III. Rondeau. Allegro

Final Round 2: Concerto with Symphony Orchestra

I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto