Classical Music NEWS
Mr. Takahiro Sonoda, pianist, died at age 76
 We are very sad to announce that Mr Takahiro Sonoda, pianist, passed away on Thursday October 7th 2004 due to the rupture of the main artery. Mr Sonoda, born in Tokyo in 1928, was 76 years old.
 The funeral will be held by his family and close relatives only. The farewell ceremony will be held later on.
 Please understand that his widow Mrs Haruko Sonoda and family are gently declining any flowers or offerings. We will announce details of the farewell ceremony when decided.
Contact info:
Kajimoto Concert Management Co., Ltd
Add: Kahoku Bldg. 8-6-25, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL:+81-3-3574-0969 / FAX:81-3-3574-0980
Takahiro Sonoda
 Takahiro Sonoda, Japan's leading and one of the most important pianists, started his piano studies with Leo Shirota in 1939. After which, he had private instructions under Marguerite Long in Paris and Helmut Roloff in Berlin.
 Mr. Sonoda was the soloist with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan on his first visit to Japan in 1954. The following year, Mr. Sonoda gave a successful debut as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Following that, his extensive concert engagements took him all across Japan, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Soviet Union and the USA. His appearances included performances under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Otmar Suitner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sergiu Celibidache, Jeffrey Tate and Herbert Blomstedt, with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, with chamber ensembles such as Borodin, Wien Musikverein, Artis String Quartets among others.
 In the recording scene, he recorded the Forty-Eight Well-Tempered Clavier twice, complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas trice, the complete Schoenberg piano works, and various works by Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms for which have all been very highly acclaimed and received. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Sonoda has also recorded an all Beethoven Piano Concertos with Kyushu Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Heiichiro Oyama, and later the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with violinist Yasushi Toyoshima.
 As an adjudicator, Mr. Sonoda was very popular and his invitations have come from Rubinstein, Geneva, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Munich, Queen Elisabeth, Busoni and Japan International Competitions. In 1993, Mr. Sonoda was the head of the jury at the Munich International Competition. Since 1985, Takahiro Sonoda Piano Competition had been taking place in Oita Prefecture in Japan.
 In 1981, Mr Sonoda was appointed to be the Member of Japan Art Academy. Other prestigious awards he has received include the Japan Record Academy Award for his recording of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata in 1996, and the Suntory Music Award in 1997.
 Takahiro Sonoda has regrettably passed away on 7th October, 2004. He remains to be one of the most important legendary pianists to date in Japan.

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