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縲Masanori SUGANO シ阪Pianist, ph.D
Masanori Sugano earned a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and a Doctor of Music degree from Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku), Tokyo, Japan where he studied under Haruo Kometani, Hitoshi Kobayashi, and Kenji Watanabe.

While working on his doctoral degree, Dr. Sugano was invited by Rhein-Neckar-Kreis Kluturstiftung to study in Germany. Dr. Sugano proceeded to attend the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary as a Rohm Music Foundation honor scholarship student under the guidance of Gyorgy Nador. Dr. Sugano also studied with Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Kevin Kenner, and Rudolf Meister.

Dr. Sugano has been a prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions. Earlier achievements include the highest Diploma Prize at the Japan Piano Teachers Association (JPTA) Piano Audition in 1985, First prize and the Kawai Music Prize winner at the Third Central Japan Chopin Piano Competition for Students in 1992, First Prize winner at the Nagoya Section of the 46th Central Japan Chopin Piano Competition for students in 1994, and First Prize, the Nomura Prize, and the NHK Prize winner at the 48th All Japan Music Competition for Young People in 1994. He received the Scholastic Merits Award from Tokai Gakuen in 1996, and also earned several scholarships from the major scholarship foundations in Japan all through his early years.

Dr. Sugano continued to gain recognition by successively winning First Prize at the 6th Ludmila Knezkova-Hussy International Piano Competition in 2002, Second Prize at the 12th Yachiyo Music Competition in 2002, Third prize at the Benedetto XIII International Piano Competition in 2006, Absolute First prize, together with the Jagur Prize, and the Eberhard Prize at the 15th Gianluca Campochiaro International Piano Competition in 2007, Third prize at the 25th Porto International Music Competition in 2008, among many others.

Besides participating in competitions, Dr. Sugano has performed extensively throughout Japan as well as Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Canada. He has collaborated with the Hildesheim State Theater Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra to name a few. His performances have been broadcasted on TVP Polish radio station, CBC Canadian national TV station, NHK Japanese TV station.

Not only is he a highly regarded pianist, he is also a passionate and committed educator for young musicians. His students have been accepted to prestigious music institutions in Japan and have been first prizewinners of many renowned national piano competitions. He often serves as a guest clinician across Japan and as an adjudicator for national and international competitions.

Dr. Sugano currently resides in Tokyo and is an instructor at Musashino Academia Musicae and Tokyo University of the Arts.