Naoko Hayakawa
* 早川奈穂子 *

She was born in Tokuyama-city,Yamaguchi prefecture. At the age of 4 she began to play the piano by ear(Mozart、Haydn etc.) and at the age of 7 she began receiving formal instruction.

She received a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a major in piano from the Osaka College of Music. She studied under Prof. Minoru NOJIMA in a special course for concert pianists. She was a finalist at the Iizuka Music Competition in Fukuoka and won 3rd prize at the Choko International Competition.

She also took part in master classes at the Eastman Academy of Music ('98 &'99), the MusicAlp Academie Internationale de Musique Courchevel in France ('98) and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory ('04&'05). During that time, she performed at public concerts at the recommendation of her professors.

In 2001 she was awarded 1st prize at the Nowy International Music Competition and performed at the winner's concert . In 2006, she studied under Prof.Teresa Manasterska in Poland and received a master class diploma from Akademia Muzyczna im. Fryderyka Chopina , Warszawa.

She has studied with Eri KOBAYASHI, Toyoko HASHINO, Barry SNYDER, Masami KISHIMOTO and Dina YOFFE.
As a soloist and a chamber music pianist, she is trusted by many musicians & teachers. Actually she has performed in many concerts and recorded several CDs and has set out arranging and composing pieces for the Erhu (Chinese violin) & Piano or the Vocal & Piano. And also she is a jury of some competitions and an official accompanist at the International masterclasses in Japan.