‘Ongaku no Tomo’ magazine praised Mr. Itani as “a pianist with beautiful tone” and “ promising newcomer” on his professional debut recital in his native Osaka in 1982. Since then, he has performed recitals in Tokyo, Kobe, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and all over Germany. As a guest soloist, he has performed with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagasaki Symphony Orchestra, as well as Symphonie-Orchester Muhldorf of Germany. His radio appearances include NHK・FM, NHK・ Radio1 and FM-Fukuoka. An active chamber musician in Japan and Germany, he is also a favorite partner of many vocal recitals include “Japan-Italy Gala Concert” as well as “Concert of German Lieder”. He released 3 CDs featuring major solo works by Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms.
As a dedicated and thought-after teacher, he has taught at Kwassui Women's University in Nagasaki for 33 years. During this time, he was the organizer and the performer of the “Lobby Concert Series” at newly renovated Nagasaki Arts Museum, and was an instructor at “Nagasaki Ongaku-Juku”. He was a jury member of Iizuka Newcomer Competition, Nagasaki Prefecture Newcomer’s Concert Audition, Kawai Music Competition and many others.
His distinguished teachers include Satoshi Izawa*, Erik Then-Bergh and Gerhard Oppitz. He studied chamber ensemble with Oskar Koebel**.
●●A Message from the Instructor●●
I would like to guide you to the depth of musical world through piano.
I have had many precious encounters in many places through piano; teaching
children at a music school in Germany is one of my delightful memories.
Along with piano performance, I have taught piano pedagogy, teaching methods,
music theory, music history, solfege, piano accompanying, and chamber music.
It is fun to find out each composer’s musical personality, historical background
and influence. And it is a profound experience to discover that music is
often influenced from the culture and the languages of many different countries.
For the next generation of musicians, let’s learn the core of the musical
knowhow from Bach’s music. Even for those who is not a fan of Bach, I am
confident that you will start to like the composer. For those young ones
who is about to make their first steps into the musical world, the timing
and the way to learn, and most of all, the quality of the instructor will
be the most important. At Lishmoa School of Music, we have many excellent
instructors. In the process of learning, not only that you will discover
the world of music, but I have no doubt that the experience itself will
enrich your life. For the adult musicians who loves music and have their
own dreams and goals, my hope is, to support you and guide you step by
step and show you the depth and the true pleasure of music. By cherishing
each musical encounters, I would like to share the joy of music through