|Saori Haji, Pianist (Japan)|
Pianist Saori Haji was born in Japan. She started to play the Piano at the age of five. Since her early age Saori won several prizes of Piano competitions in Japan. At the age of 15 she began studying piano at the Musashino Academica Musica in Tokyo. Saori got many scholarship from this Academy and has been invited to perform the Japan concert tour of Musashino Academica Musica Wind Ensemble Orchestra. In 1994 she won in the 3rd Japan soloist competition.
After graduation she moved to Germany to study and received a Master’s degree. She studied with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim at Musikhochschule Detmold and graduated first on the list. Afterwards Saori studied at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf where she received “Konzert Examen” one of the highest qualifications with the the greatest virtuoso, Brazilian pianist Roberto Szidon, student of Claudio Arrau and Artur Rubinstein.
She has participated in master-classes by Bela Siki, Annerose Schmidt, Gary Graffman, Jerome Rose, Eduardo Delgado.
After studying in Germany, she returned to Japan. She performed at the Martha Argerich Music Festival newcomer concert in Beppu/Japan(2002).
She performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No.26 in Oita/Japan (2002) and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 in Perugia Music Festival in Italy(2012).
She won a special prize in the 3rd Japanese-Italy association sponsorship competition Music Arte (2012) in Japan and a honorary award for the most distinguished musicians, as well as Ravel Special Prize in IBLA GRAND PRIZE in Italy (2012) and Avenir prize in Osaka International Music Competition in Japan (2012).
She won a prize in American Protégé International Competition 2012 and performed in Carnegie Hall in New York (2012).
She performs solo and chamber music with many other musicians in Japan and abroad.