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Pianist Kazuo Murakami is a sought after soloist and collaborative artist in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Originally from Japan, Murakami began his studies in piano at the age of four. After studying at the Kyoto City University of Arts, Murakami continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize.

Murakami now specializes in 20th century and contemporary music. He has a wide repertoire of works such as Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Oliver Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Ichiyanagi Toshi, Franco Donatoni,and Rodion Shchedrin. As a guest pianist, he has performed Berg’s Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano, 13 woodwind instruments, Stravinsky’s Petroushka, in addition to orchestral works by Sergei Prokofiev and Olivier Messiaen.

Since moving to Missouri and Arkansas, he has been part of numerous chamber recitals and ensembles performing at universities across the United States and Asia, performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences, Iowa City, Iowa, and Lubbock, Texas. Among his other recent appearances as a collaborative artist including conferences of the International Trombone Festival (2018) and International Double Reed Society.

Murakami has recorded several CDs for contemporary music and chamber music. The latest CD is a collaboration with the distinguished saxophonists, Kenneth Tse and Nobuya Sugawa.

His primary teachers included Uriel Tsachor, Daniel Shapiro, Naoyuki Taneda, Atsuko Jinzai, and Hideto Nishikawa. In addition to this, he has worked with renowned pianists including Logan Skelton, Andre Michel Schub, Josef Kalichstein, Stephen Hough, Misha Dichter, Oxana Yablonskaya, and Klaus Schilde. His playing has been featured on radio broadcasts including NPR Arts & Letters with J. Bradley Minnick. 

Murakami earned a doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa in December, 2011.  Murakami was appointed to the position of research assistant as a pianist for the University of Iowa’s New Music Ensemble directed by distinguished composition professor David Gompper at the University of Iowa for two years. While studying at the University of Iowa, Murakami frequently performed with faculty and guest artists.

In August of 2008, Murakami joined the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas as Piano faculty and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano where he lectures and teaches students.

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その後渡米しクリーブランド音楽院でダニエル シャピロ氏 室内楽をヴィヴィアン ホルニック ウェイラーシュタイン女史、ピーター サラフ氏に師事する。在学中にSadie Zellenピアノ賞受賞する。
アイオワ大学大学院博士課程においてウリエル ツァコー氏に師事しドイツロマン派作品の研磨を積む。アイオワ大学大学院在学中に伴奏アシスタント及び現代音楽アンサンブルピアニストとして多くの演奏会に出演。
過去10年間にソリスト、室内楽奏者としてアメリカはもとより、ヨーロッパ、アジアで演奏活動を行っている。2011年にアイオワ大学より音楽芸術博士 (Doctor of Musical Arts) を授与される。