Japanese pianist HIROMI OKADA studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo where he graduated with the Highest honours. From 1982 to 1984 he won first prizes in three international piano competitions in Barcelona, Tokyo and Pretoria, and then moved to London to study with Maria Curucio before making his Wigmore Hall debut in 1985 and receiving outstanding critical acclaim "undoubtedly a star of the future" (Daily Telegraph). Hilary Finch has commented in The Times, "A technique of massive assurance, imaginatively developed to articulate a passionately engaged musical understanding"
Recently, as well as touring extensively in Japan and throughout Europe, he has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Genova and major Japanese orchestras.
"He has all the talent and ability to enable him to become a real artist."
"He has very great exceptional talent and his pianism is highly accomplished. Also he has a natural instinct to do the right kinds of interpretations. He deserved to be helped in every possible way."
"He is the most important talent in nowadays."
"Undoubtedly a star of the future... he generated electricity from his highly sensitive fingers... the grand manner of the true virtuoso and each assignment revealed some unnoticed details in the music... possessing a penetrating and sonorous tone, his agile fingers introduced the fluctuating moods with mercurial abruptness and sought out the inner spirit of the music indefatigably."
(David Money, The Daily Telegraph)
"A technique of massive assurance, imaginatively developed to articulate a passionately engaged musical understanding."
(Hilary Finch, The Times)
"We have not had such an outstanding pianist here for a long time... we were all amazed by the scale of his multi-faceted talent, and professionalism."
"He allowed his temperament free rein, giving full and clear relief to all the necessary tragic elements in the work... he has attained the necessary maturity for taking the route of a true concert artist."
(L'est Vaudois, Switzerland)
"Perhaps Okada's dazzling technique was supposed to be enough. Indeed, launching into Schoenberg's Suite fur Klavier, the Japanese pianist's spidery fingers glided effortlessly over the keyboard..."
"No question of what the public thought. Unreservedly they applauded long and loud the performance of pianist Hiromi Okada,"
"Tempo, voicings of inner lines and beauty of sound leave one agape at their total genius. Highest imaginable recommendation."
(Heuwell Tircuit, In Tune)