Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists. His love for the music of classical masters – particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.
As a soloist, Takenouchi has appeared on many concert platforms including Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City and the South Bank Centre. He has also performed at festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Canada. His more unusual recent projects include: a recital for the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany), a BBC Four documentary The Prince and the Composer on the life and music of Parry alongside HRH The Prince of Wales and BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week, for which Hiroaki recorded solo piano works by Sterndale Bennett (broadcast in April 2016) and Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (broadcast in February 2017).
Takenouchi’s discography includes Schumann & Sterndale Bennett (Artalinna), Haydn: 4 Sonatas (Artalinna), Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT), as well as world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT). Upcoming recordings include a two-piano arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony for Lyrita, as part of the Parnassius Piano Duo with Simon Callaghan. The duo has also recorded two-piano arrangements of Delius’s orchestral works (SOMM), a disc of Percy Sherwood and Parry (Lyrita) and two-piano arrangements by Saint-Saëns of sonatas by Chopin and Liszt (Nimbus). Hiroaki is also editor of the published scores of Sherwood’s two-piano works (as recorded for Lyrita), now available from Nimbus Music Publishing.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Piano Sonata no. 9 in D major, K. 311
Allegro con spirito, Andante con espressione, Rondo: Allegro
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Four Impromptus, D. 899 No. 1 in C minor, No. 2 in E flat major, No. 3 in G flat major, No. 4 in A flat major
Franz Schubert (1797-1828), arr. Liszt Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Percy Sherwood (1866-1939) Barcarole no. 2 in D major, op. 24
Dorothy Howell (1898-1982) Boat Song
Adolf Schulz-Evler (1852-1905) Arabesques on “The Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss II