Hiromi, a pianist and composer, was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1979. At the age of 6, she started playing the piano and became a student of the Yamaha Music School to learn composing. In 1999, Hiromi went to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2003, she made her worldwide debut, releasing her first album on the Telarc label titled "Another Mind" produced by Ahmad Jamal and Richard Evans. In 2007, she performed with legendary pianist and mentor Chick Corea in Tokyo. This live performance recorded on Chick's double album "Duet" was released in 2009 and attracted attention among music fans.
Hiromi also collaborated with bassist Stanley Clarke for the album "Jazz in the Garden" by the Stanley Clarke Trio, featuring her and drummer Lenny White. In 2011, Hiromi was featured with The Stanley Clarke Band. The band's album of the same name won the 53rd Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category. In 2011, she released the album "Voice", assembling a trio that included herself and veteran players contra-bass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. In 2013, Hiromi released the latest album "MOVE" under the same trio project as "Voice". The album also has an overriding theme, which she describes as "time in one day," explaining, "You wake up and go to work and then hang out. The album is like a soundtrack for a day."
Other Piano Artists
Pianist and composer Cesare Picco has become an official ‘Yamaha Artist’, becoming part of an exclusive group of musicians. Cesare Picco started studying piano when he was four years old and from 1986 he started to perform his own music. He is author to ballets, operas, music for theatre and special projects performed worldwide Cesare has performed at Italy’s most important festivals and worldwide including Delhi Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival, Singapore Old Parliament, Hanoi Opera House, Al Maidan Centre Kuwait City, Kolkata Tagore Centre, Shillong Auditorium, Guggenheim Venice, Tokyo Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Whitney Museum, and Tokyo Blue Note. He has worked with distinguished artists including Naseer Shamma, Giovanni Hidalgo, Edmar Castaneda, Nino Josele, Vasilis Saleas, Miles Jaye, Giovanni Sollima, Hajime Mizoguchi, Markus Stockhausen, Yukimi Nagano, Taketo Gohara, and many Italian artists. As a composer he has written music for solos, chamber music ensembles and orchestras such as Virtuosi Italiani, Berlin Chamber Soloists, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Ilya Rashkovskiy was the 1st prize winner at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2012), the Citta di Pinerolo Competition (2012), the International Jaen Competition (2005), and at the Hong Kong International Competition (2005). He is among the top prize winners of the Long-J.Thibaud Competition in Paris (2nd Place), Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (4th Place) and Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters in Tel Aviv (3rd Place).