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Name: Waka Hasegawa
Skills: Accompanist, Soloist (piano, piano duo & duet)
Phone: +44 20 8683 0208
Address: Croydon CR0 2RP, United Kingdom
Links: Website     E-mail
The Young Japanese Pianist Waka Hasegawa is embarking on a busy solo career and her performances have already attracted interest for their beauty of tone, imagination and her evident powers of communication. She has won praise for the individuality and passionate intensity in her playing, which have made her concerts unforgettable experiences. Waka has a continuous desire to expand her repertoire, which encompasses many of the best-loved classical masterpieces as well as works by lesser-known 20th century composers such as Granados, Kabalevsky, Szymanowski and John Ireland.

Waka made her London debut in the Park Lane Group Concerts in 2000, to critical acclaim in the national press. Part of her recital was broadcast later on BBC Radio 3. She has performed regularly in UK including recitals at the Windsor Festival, the Newark Festival, the Pump Room in Bath, St. James's Piccadilly and at various music societies and private functions. Since her debut recital in Tokyo in 1996, Waka has twice returned to Japan for successful concert tours. With her English husband and piano duo partner Joseph Tong, she has travelled the world giving recitals on luxury cruise liners to destinations such as the Caribbean, Egypt, Scandinavia and Russia.

Waka trained at the Royal Academy of Music with Piers Lane and then the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Joan Havill. During this time she was awarded major prizes and scholarships including a Sidney Perry Foundation Award from the KPMG/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, generous assistance from the Craxton Memorial Trust and second prize in the Brant Piano Competition in 1996. A KPMG/Martin Musical Scholarship also enabled her to attend the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove where she studied with the renowned Hungarian pianist Ferenc Rados. More recently Waka won 3rd prize in the 2000 British Contemporary Piano Competition in London as well as having performances broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service.



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