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Pianist picks up top honors in Young Artists Competition


“Hugo Kitano, a 20-year-old pianist from the Bay Area, picked up top honors in the 12th annual Young Artists Competition, held Saturday and Sunday at the Mondavi Center.”

>>> Pianist picks up top honors in Young Artists Competition

Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra and soloist Hugo Kitano orchestrate a journey


“ Kitano, who performed at Carnegie Hall at the age of 13, earned his position at the evening concert as a prize for winning last year’s annual Stanford Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. During the concert, he often took on a true solo, as orchestra players and audience members sat and listened to the resonating room’s central player as he skillfully commanded the piano keys. The orchestra returned with, at times, a murmur behind the piano’s instruction; other times, the orchestra took the melody and the pianist dropped out.
The on-and-off exchange of the piano and orchestra created a dialogue between the instruments. This interplay of striking interjections and delicate statements seemed to echo throughout.”

>>> Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra and soloist Hugo Kitano orchestrate a journey

Orchestra, Young Pianist Excel in All-Beethoven Concert


“More is indeed what came forth. Hugo Kitano was the first-place winner of the 2013 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition here at the University of South Carolina. He is 19 years old and has been winning first-place awards worldwide since he was 13. Kitano’s abilities are indeed astonishing: His entire body breathes every phrase, and every phrase is musically rewarding. His sheer technique is formidable, and his memory is unblemished. One is tempted to compare his genius to such as Arthur Rubenstein or Vladimir Horowitz, but what one does in developing a career varies widely. As a freshman at Stanford University, he is interested in a pre-medical curriculum. We will all be watching.”

>>> Orchestra, Young Pianist Excel in All-Beethoven Concert

International Piano Magazine


“Personally, I was also taken with the finale of Beethoven’s No. 3 as played by 14-year-old Hugo Kitano, because of its positive and spirited quality- unusual for a player of his age and an excellent augury for the future.”