“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, born in Saitama, Japan, began playing piano at the age of four. After completing her bachelor’s degree at the Tokyo College of Music, she was accepted in the prestigious solo class given by Professor Bernd Goetzke at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. As both a soloist and a chamber musician, Miwa has toured extensively in Japan, the USA and Europe, including in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Cyprus and the Netherlands. She performs regularly at music festivals such as the Ticino Musica Festival in Switzerland, the Musica Riva Festival in Italy, the NDR-Musiktagen in Germany, and the Osaka Classic Festival and the Hiroshima Classic Festival in Japan. She has won a number of competitions, including the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition 2014 in Ragusa, Sicily, after which she played at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She was also awarded First Prize at the 11th International Luigi Cerritelli Music Competition in 2014 and the Martinu Prize at the Grieg Piano competition in Norway in 2009. Miwa Hoyano attended master classes given by top pianists such as Aldo Ciccolini, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pascal Rogé, Jacques Rouvier and Oxana Yablonskaya.
She is currently an accompanist for the woodwind and horn sections at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Miwa also plays chamber music, including in duos with the bassoonist Bence Bogayni (formerly with the Munich Philharmonic), the oboist Yukino Thompson (Bayerische Staatsoper) and the violinist Taro Uemura (Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra). Moreover, she regularly works with the conductor Eiji Oue (Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra).