A touch of the classical

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“There is more to playing the piano than just hitting the right notes,” says world-class pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi.

Described by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, Takenouchi’s brilliant performances have gained him the highest praise by critics and classical music lovers across the globe.

Thirty-four-year-old Takenouchi is unique amongst a rising generation of inspirational musicians. His flawless style and masterly interpretation have made him a much sought-after musician and he has performed on many of the world’s great concert platforms, including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, the South Bank Centre, the Fairfield Halls, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and Steinway Halls in London, Hamburg and Tokyo.

Originally from Japan and now based in London, Takenouchi moved to Indonesia with his parents when he was a boy. It was there he was given his first piano lesson.

“As a foreign child, I was not allowed to go out in the street,” he said. “My sister and I were very bored and so we asked for piano lessons. My sister lasted five years, while I went on to carve a career out of it.”

Takenouchi performs at Langholm’s Buccleuch Centre tonight (Thursday)at 7.30pm as part of the ‘Absolute Classics’ series, which is committed to bringing the best in classical music to its audiences. Its director Alex McQuiston said: “Takenouchi is a truly poetic and inspiring musician who will be a real treat to watch.”

“I seek an emotional connection between the music, the musician and the audience so that everyone experiences something really special,” said Takenouchi. “You don’t have to be an expert to be able to appreciate a particular piece of music.”

The programmes include works by, amongst many others, Haydn, Chopin, Greig, Beethoven, Helen Hopkirk, Prokoviev, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy. Tickets on the door or purchased from www.absoluteclassics.co.uk