Toshihiro Kaneshige

"The Bösendorfer instruments guide me along the unending path heading to the source of artistic inspiration."

Born in Mie, Toshihiro Kaneshige began playing the piano at the age of six with his parents.

He studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts with Prof. Kenji Watanabe and Prof. Ewa Pobłocka.

He completed his master’s degree and Artist Diploma in 2016 at the University of Music and Theatre »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig, where he studied with Prof.Gerald Fauth as a scholarship student of Okada-Culture Foundation, International Rotary Foundation, Elfrun Gabriel Foundation and the Saxon Scholarship.

He also took the private lessons and the master classes of Makoto Ueno, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Menahem Pressler, Jörg Demus, Lev Naumov and others.

Toshihiro has made recital, chamber music, and concerto appearances throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. including major concert halls such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Coliseu Porto, Vigadó in Budapest and others.

He has been invited to perform at the international music festivals and concert series including the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Germany), Bach Week Houston (USA), Budapest Spring Festival (Hungary), Bologna Festival (Italy), Zyklus Internationale Meisterpianisten (Germany) and others.

In 2016 Toshihiro won the first prize at the Coimbra World Piano Competition.

From 2018 until 2020 Toshihiro Kaneshige had taught at the University of Music and Theatre »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra “Mendelssohn Orchestra Academy”

Toshihiro Kaneshige currentry holds teaching positions at the Tokyo University of the Arts(Tokyo Geidai),Kyoto University of the Arts, Nagoya Collage of Music.

In autumn 2022, his first recording with the famous Diabelli Variations op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven was released on the “Virtus Classics” label with the official support of Bösendorfer Japan.