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
Milica Skarik is a pianist, that is performing mostly as chamber musician. She performs regularly in her country R. of Macedonia, but also has performed in France, Germany, USA, Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia etc. She recently recorded a CD with the hautboist Vladimir Lazarevski with works from Slavic composers.
Alberto Pizzo joins the Yamaha family and becomes an official Yamaha Artist. Born in Naples in 1980, Alberto Pizzo began studying the piano at a young age. In 2004 he graduated at Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples and took part in many national and international piano contests. In 2006 he obtained a second level degree in Concert Piano at the same Conservatory in Naples. In 2007, as solo pianist, he performed the music for a Rai International show about Vincenzo Bellini and for GEO & GEO, a RaiTre show. In 2009 Alberto held a concert at the Japan Stock Exchange as a solo artist and with soprano Yuki Sumani. In 2010 he entered Palco Reale of Gianni Sergio.
James Newton Howard
Check the credits of your favorite box-office smash from the past two decades, and there's a good chance you'll see James Newton Howard listed as composer. Howard has contributed music to more than 100 films, from romantic comedies to action thrillers to sci-fi blockbusters, earning Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations or awards along the way. He's also contributed to the small screen with compositions like the Emmy-nominated main theme for the long-running series ER.