From the beginning of their career as piano duo Japanese Kiyotaka IZUMI and Russian Polina CHERNOVA have found their personality in synthesis of their cultures and backgrounds.
Kiyotaka IZUMI became laureate of many national and international piano competitions: the Machida Piano Competition, the Benelux Young Virtuoso Competition, the International EPTA Competition for Piano Duo, the International Emmanuel Durlet Piano Competition, the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera.
Kiyotaka recorded numerous CDs that were released by 'Classical Records', 'DRC', Warner Classics', 'Phaedra' etc.. His CDs and live concerts have been often broadcast by radio in Belgium, Germany and Japan.
He performed in the International Chopin Festival in Ghent, as well as at the Royal Gala Concert for Prince Philip and Princess Mathilde of Belgium. He played with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Hermes Ensemble, the Concert Festival Orchestra, Symfonieorkest De Lier and the Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. He has performed in concerts and recitals in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Thailand and Japan.
As one of the most prominent promoters of the works of the belgian composer Emmanuel Durlet, Kiyotaka was asked to be a member of the jury at the 'International Emm. Durlet competition for piano 2019'.
Searching for new repertoire Kiyotaka starts to write transcriptions and concert suites for piano. So appears 'Je te veux' by E. Satie and the third movement from violin sonate by Emm. Durlet transcribed for piano four-hands. For piano solo Kiyotaka edits 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Hamlet' and 'Sleeping Beauty' by P.I. Tchaikovsky. Those works are recorded and released by the label 'Phaedra' under the name 'Tchaikovsky meets Shakespeare' '. The scores will be published by 'Metropolis'.
Kiyotaka is a pianist - accompanist at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp, Belgium. He teaches piano at the Academies of Music and Word in Borgerhout and Willebroek.
Born into a musical Russian family Polina began her piano studies at the age of five with her mother. By the age of seven she has won the second prize in a Russian competition. Her first solo recital was held in Volgograd/Russia when she was eight.
Polina became laureate of the 'New names' Competition and the Inetrnetional Festival and Competition 'Days of slavic culture'.
A the age of 17 she performed with Volgograd Academic Symphonic Orchestra.
In 2000 Polina finished the Institute of Arts in Volgograd and continued her studies in Antwerp under the supervision of laureate Queen Elisabeth Competition Eliane Rodrigues. In 2006 Polina received the Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. In 2008 she received the Postgraduate Concert Soloist Degree with high honours from the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. Afterwords Polina specialized in chamber music under supervision of professors Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx in Antwerp. She joined master classes given by Margharita Fyodorova, Jan Wijn and Kum-Sing Lee.
Polina is a docent at High School of Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
Formed in 2004 the IZUMI Pianoduo won it's first prize already in 2005 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Followed by the International Competitions 'Un Ricetto in Musica' (Italy, 2008), the 'TV Music Award' (France, 2014), the 'Concours Musical de France' (2015) and the 'Virtuoso Prize' (France, 2015) where Kiyotaka and Polina received first prizes.
Izumi Pianoduo has numerous performances to it's name. They have performed on the stages of Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerand, Italy, Germany, Russia, Japan and Thailand.
Their performance of concertos for two pianos of F. Poulenc and W.A. Mozart was highly prized by music amateurs and professionals.
The Izumi Pianoduo has recorded two CD's: one is fully devoted to R. Schumann. Their last CD contents works of F. Mendelssohn, among others complete incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by W. Shakespeare.
The duo has worked at the project of 'Radio Klara' around E. Satie. They also performed at the 'Klara in deSingel' festival.
Next to standard duet repertoire the Izumi Pianoduo promote flemish composers such as Emmanuel Durlet, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Arthur De Greef ao..
Next to their performing career they are invited to give masterclasses in Russia and Thailand.