“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
"It sparkles, it is pointed, it is refined, but also lyrical and singing. But it is no less important that both pianists tell a special story at the grand piano, that they have put their imaginations to work."
Opus Klassiek, 2017
IZUMI Pianoduo, one of the leading pianoduos in Belgium, has started their career by winning numerous prestigious competitions, among which 'Maria Yudina international competition', International Competition 'Un Ricetto in Musica', 'Concours Musical de France', 'Prize Grand Virtouzo'. Many concert engagements brought the duo to give recitals on the prominent stages of Europe and Asia. The duo has got invitations to perform with Volgograd Academic Symphonic Orchestra and at the 'Klara in deSingel' festival.
Kiyotaka and Polina had recorded two CD's for 'Dutch Record Company': one is fully devoted to R. Schumann. The second CD contents works of F. Mendelssohn, among others complete incidental music to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by W. Shakespeare. Their CD's and life performances are broadcast by 'MUSIQ3' and 'Radio Klara'. The duo has also worked at the project of 'Radio Klara' around the music of E. Satie.
Kiyotaka and Polina have built a big repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary music. They also promote Belgian composers such as Emmanuel Durlet, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Jan Blockx, Arthur De Greef ao..
Next to their performing career they are invited to give masterclasses in Russia and Thailand.
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.
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 International Festival and Competition 'Days of Slavic culture'.
At 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. Afterwards 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.