Taka Kigawa
"Phenomenon... There's no denying he's something special." - The New York Times
Acclaim

Thirty minutes before a one-hour performance, the room was over-filled, standing room only. Standees stood in front of other standees, in front of …well, you get the picture. This was a standout evening. Nor was this a single-minded audience. Young people, families, older composers, critics, the curious and the eccentric. All had made their appearance in Le Poisson Rouge for Taka Kigawa, a slight, modest t-shirted pianist about to plunge into the most difficult music of the past 80 years.

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Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com
Taka Kigawa playing Ligeti Etude "L'Escalier du Diable" at (le) Poisson Rouge, 2009.

In the 15 months that this club (Le Poisson Rouge) has been open, I have not seen it as crowded for a classical performer as it was for Mr. Kigawa.

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Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

He continues to amaze us with his undistracted service to the most uncompromising piano music being written today. But that's not all there is to his artistry. When we hear him perform the J.S.Bach "The Art of Fugue," we realize how beholden he is to the great fore bear of all the music that has come down the pike sence his time.

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Barry L. Cohen, New Music Connoisseur

His famed take on Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” is ebullient and audacious

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Stacey Anderson, The Village Voice

The above question of whether Mr. Kigawa pulled this difficult program off is: absolutely!

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Gene Pritsker, New Music Connoisseur

No question about it. Taka Kigawa is a pianist to watch.

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Barry L. Cohen, New Music Connoisseur

Mr. Kigawa's feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material... It was the music of Mr. Boulez that spurred him to greater intensity and spontaneity.

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Paul Griffiths, The New York Times
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