“Intimate and mellow – the resonance of the wood goes straight to the heart. Rich in clarity and color – whatever timbre I choose. The Bechstein grand piano is always close by when I want to paint my musical world.”
Miwa Hoyano was born in Saitama, Japan and began her career as a pianist at the age of four.
After completing her under-graduate course for performance at the Tokyo College of Music, she was admitted to teh prestigious Soloklasse of Prof. Bernd Goetzke at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. She successfuly graduated Soloklasse with Konzertexamen on February 2018. She has studied with Emiko Harimoto, Aki Kuroda, Aldo Ciccolini, and Bernd Goetzke, as well as with Prof. Bruno Mezzena at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese in Pescara.
Miwa performed extensively throughout Japan, South Asia, USA and Europe e.g. in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus and Netherlands, both as a soloist and as chamber musician. She's a regular guest at music festivals such as the Ticino Musica Music Festival in Switzerland, the Musica Riva Festival in Italy, the NDR Musiktag Hannover, the Osaka Classic Festival, and the Classic Festival Hiroshima in Japan.
Miwa won various competitions, among others the Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition in Sicily in 2014. Her executions were received with great critical acclaim from Marcello Abbado: "A fantastic pianist. She plays with great passion and a wonderful atmosphere". As a result of this prize, she made her debut performance in Carnegie Hall in New York in 2015 as part of her debut tour trhough the USA and debut performance in Concertgebeouw in the Netherlands, which has been broadcasted by Dutch Radio 4. Miwa also made recordings for Radio Classica Italia. Other prizes include the first prize in the 11th International Music Competition Luigi Cerritelli in 2014, the Martinu Prize at the Grieg Piano Competition in Nroway in 2009, the Camilo Togni International Music Competition in 2008, the Calsesia International Music Competition in Monterosa in 2007 and a bronze medel in the PTNA Piano Competition in Tokyo in 2007.
Besides, being active as a chamber musician, she makes chamebr music with members of the Munich Philharmonic and duos with oboist Yukino Thompson (Bavarian State Opera).
Currently, she is the accompanying pianist for the woodwinds and conducting section at the University of Music, Theater and Media in Havover.
Photos: © Irene Zandel