I founded the Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA) in 2016. My dream was to create a Festival Academy where children, students and young artists would all be able to come together to study, perform and enjoy concerts while also sharing in the joy of music-making.
In 2016 we launched our first ‘Tokyo International Piano Festival’, offering an inspiring five-day piano academy in five cities in Japan with the highlight of a grand gala recital with world-class concert pianist Peter Jablonski at the Kioi Hall in Tokyo. This successful event led to the perfect opportunity and privilege of hosting the festival in collaboration with Serbia’s most popular piano duo – ‘LP Duo’ at the Kolarac Hall and the Old Palace in Belgrade.
In 2019, we co-directed the Montecatini Piano Festival in the historical opera town of Montecatini Terme in Italy. Our celebrity artists included Sofya Gulyak (described as a Rach Star Pianist by The Washington Post), Emanuel Salvador (Concertmaster of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra) and Martin Tillman (EMMY nominated Hollywood film composer). Our wonderful resident artists offered an attractive series of individual lessons, masterclasses and chamber music coaching sessions which allowed an audience to enjoy both an outstanding concert and a post-concert cocktail reception – all offered in beautiful Tuscan style. It is especially noteworthy that, during the festival, participants are given the opportunity to perform in the concert hall on a superb Steinway concert grand piano, participate in chamber music and also take part in a competition. The winners’ prizes offer young talented artists an important steppingstone towards a professional concert career.
Since 2018, TIPA has been the official Japanese management for the Royal College of Music (RCM) and we have so far co-presented an annual RCM Audition, a concert and masterclass by Director Prof. Colin Lawson and Head of Keyboard Prof. Vanessa Latarche at the Matsuo Hall in Tokyo.
TIPA now operates our festival in three countries; Japan, Italy and Serbia. In 2020, we are also delighted to be able to announce the launching of our new digital platform and we invite you all to join to take online lessons, workshops and enjoy our creative online concerts from your home!
Franz Liszt wisely and famously said that ‘Music is the heart of life. It speaks love; without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful‘. I have certainly experienced the inherent beauty of a musical journey of discovery – it is a source of light that enriches life and which has the power to open the door to the heart. I hope our visiting musicians and participants will consider our festival academy a home in which they can feel united in a shared artistic journey of discovery.
I look forward to welcoming many of you to our worldwide musical odyssey!
Tokyo International Piano Festival
Piano Camp | Official Promo video
TIPA Music | Piano Festival & Academy | Promo
Montecatini Piano Festival | Japan
Montecatini Piano Festival : Meet the Artists
The Montecatini Piano Festival is held in Montecatini Terme situated in idyllic Tuscany in Italy. The town is within easy reach of the historic art mecca, Florence and fascinating Pisa, and the walled city of Lucca. Montecatini is located only 10 minutes drive from the beautiful city of Pistoia which has been Italian Capital of Culture since 2017 and approximately an hour’s drive from the medieval heart of Tuscany, Siena. This area of Tuscany is known for its stunning Italian Art Nouveau architecture. Montecatini is a noted spa resort famed for special therapeutic water, and particularly for the Parco delle Terme spa complex. It became a renowned spot for La Belle Époque and was subsequently visited by great artists and composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Richard Strauss as well as fashion designer Christian Dior. Other local sites of interest include the Funicolare and the Valdinievole. And for the more active, there are also breath-taking walks, hikes and cycling routes, revealing sweeping views and spectacular vistas. The Montecatini Piano Festival takes place in several venues across Montecatini, and festival concerts are to be held in the beautiful open air theatre of the Terme Tettuccio. Participants can take advantage of a series of concerts, individual lessons and chamber music coaching given by outstanding musicians and faculty artists. The competition proffers an exciting opportunity for a course participant to further their professional career, and there will also be several concerts for students too. The Montecatini Piano Festival is ideal for those who want to explore Italian culture, art, cuisine, and scenery, combined with a sumptuous feast of classical music and a wonderful music study experience.
Promo Video Edited by Daniele Ciferri
From Tokyo to Belgrade | A Musical Journey with Aisa Ijiri | LP DUO plays Chiel Meijering
【TIPA LIVE SHOW – Official Video】 Episode 3 : A Musical Journey – From Tokyo to Belgrade 【Featured Artist】 Aisa Ijiri | Pianist x Steinway Artist LP DUO | Sonja Lončar & Andrija Pavlović With special thanks to : • Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, Tokyo • Association for the Promotion of Music Exchange between Serbia and Japan • N1 TV • Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) • Steinway & Sons Edited by Ronin Studio @roninstudiojpn 【Links】 Tokyo International Piano Association https://tipamusic.com/ Aisa Ijiri http://aisaijiri.com LP DUO https://www.lpduo.com Music : Chiel Meijering : Rondo performed by LP DUO https://open.spotify.com/album/1rzKxB…