Masataka Goto


...Through Liszt's music, along with all virtuosic elements, I absorbed richness of his lyricism, devilish essence, and ethnicity and feel naturally attached to it… 

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." He also received the Van Lanschot Bankiers Audience Award as well as the Prize of the Junior Jury. 

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 'carreer development programme' offered by the Liszt Competition, Masataka has already given over 100 performances in 20 countries. The morning following the Competition's finals, he made his debut in the main hall of Amsterdam's 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.

  comments from the Jury:
…one of the most impressive, well-prepared, most humble and touching pianists I've ever heard. Had me in tears in all three rounds…
…mature and sensitive, he goes for the real meaning of the piece, underlying the true musical values...  

in the press:
...The dialogues with the orchestra were highly confident, impressive the rapidity with which he switched between pure power and fluid butterfly-like movements...
...His musical personality emerged clearly from the support given by his mobile left hand to a deeply-felt melodic line – tasteful and without a trace of sentimentality...

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