As soon as he began his early musical training as a four-year-old at the Yamaha Music School, it quickly became clear: Shinnosuke Inugai, born in Hamamatsu, Japan, in 1982, possesses an extraordinary talent. This was confirmed during the further course of his education. In acquiring his enormous repetoire in the different styles of classical music as well as in jazz and pop music, his truly rare combination of talents became apparent. In addition, he has an exceptional gift for improvisation, which, in his live concerts, leads to special highlights during the performances’ quite light-hearted, almost comedic conclusions.
Inugai began his musical studies in 2000 at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. As the top student of his class, he performed for the Japanese Emperor in the Imperial Palace. An advanced course of study in Europe followed with his training at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Catherine Vickers being of central importance, culminating in the concert exam with honors. Inugai has been a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions including the Tokyo Music Competition, Jaen International Piano Competition, and Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki. With his interpretation of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, he won Third Prize at the Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn as well as the coveted Audience Prize. His success at the competition entailed a performance at the opening concert of the Beethovenfest in 2014.
In addition to many piano recitals in Japan, Europe, and in the Arab world, Inugai also makes numerous appearances as a soloist with renowned orchestras. Furthermore, he is well regarded as a highly accomplished and dependable chamber music partner.
Shinnosuke Inugai teaches master classes in Japan for young pianists. In addition, he is committed to introducing young people to the origins of classical music and other musical styles.