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Keiju Takehara 
Piano Instructor

A native of Washington, D.C., Keiju has won many awards as a classical musician. He has been awarded the Rosalyn Tureck Prize and featured on Classical WETA and WQXR Radio. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with one of the great pianists of our time, Horacio Gutierrez.

 

Throughout his career, Keiju has had the opportunity to play for and work with many internationally renowned pianists. He performed in masterclasses of Barry Douglas, Enrique Graf, Nakamura Hiroko, Joseph Kalichstein, Alexander Korsantia, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Lambert Orkis, Boris Petrushansky, Victor Rosenbaum, Susan Starr, Vladimir Tropp, among many others. He has performed in venues at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland, and in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. He has enjoyed collaborating with musicians from the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with musicians from the Manhattan School of Music, he premiered two new works by composer Jaegone Kim: ”Le Cirque” for piano four hands, and “À travers une sphère de verre'' for clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello.

 

Keiju has been teaching since 2016. Though he enjoys a variety of musical genres, Keiju strives to inspire and cultivate each student’s ear through the classical tradition. By approaching music from the classical repertoire, Keiju’s students develop the tacit knowledge required to fluently engage with the music and the piano. When teaching, Keiju has helped musicians as young as four-years-old develop their musical abilities and interests through practice and performance. He always enjoys performing alongside his students. Keiju’s students have been prizewinners in numerous piano competitions and awarded distinctions in ABRSM exams.