born in Brussels is of Belgian and Luso-American nationality. He starts playing violin in 1985. In 1989 he was selected by Sir Yehudi Menuhin to persue his studies in London. However he continued his studies in Belgium with Leon .Souroujon, J. Van Aken and I. Oistrakh. Subsequently completing them in Holland with I. Grubert, J.J. Kantorow and H. Krebbers. And In Italy with N. Shkolnikova. He is the titular holder of a master’s degree in music, awarded “with greatest distinction” by the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels. In the Conservatoire of Rotterdam he obtains his ”Bachelor” and his “Master’s degree” both with greatest distinction, the “Artist Diploma” of the Indiana University in Bloomington and a Soloist’s Diploma from the Fiesole Scuola di Musica in Italy.
Eliot Lawson is laureate and finalist of several national and international competitions : De Bériot, Young Soloist’s, Pro Civitate, Vieuxtemps-Competition, Premio Vittorio Gui, Brahms-Competition, International Mozart-Competition, Maasmond, Lantier, Herman Krebbers and the Competition Tibor Varga. He has given many concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, in Luxemburg, in France, in Germany, in England, in Italy, in Turkey, in Brazil, in China and in the United States. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Belgian National Orchestra, the Euregio Youth Orchestra, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, the Bonn Symphony Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Gulbelkian Foundation, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Porto Symphony Orchestra, the Corvilha Youth Orchestra, the Baskent/Turkey Chamber Orchestra and the Middle Tennessee Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Eliot Lawson forms a regular duo with the pianist Diane Andersen, also with the cellist David Cohen and his sister, the pianist Jill Lawson. He teaches violin (as the assistant of Ilya Grubert) in the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatoire of Mons/Belgium, the Scuola di Musica Santa Cecilia-Portogruaro/Italy (assistant), the University of Minho in Braga/Portugal and the Kunsthumaniora van Antwerpen. He is regularly invited to give master classes in Belgium,Luxemburg, France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil and the United States.
Eliot Lawson recorded CD’s for the labels Brilliant Classics, Fuga Libera, Phaedra and Cypres followed by laudable critics in Diapason, the Strad, Le Soir….
The concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Emmanuel Durlet has been edited on CD in 2014. Eliot Lawson is accompanied by the Euregio Youth Orchestra, conducted by Hans Casteleyn. For the recording of the works by Kennis, Eliot Lawson plays a 1770 Nicolo Gagliano, kindly lent to him by Mme Vinchent.
was born in Tokyo/Japan. In 1995 he graduated from “The Music High School attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music”. In 1997 he left his country for Belgium and studied at the “Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music” in Antwerp, under the supervision of Professor Levente Kende and Heidi Hendrickx.
In 2002 Kiyotaka Izumi obtained the “Master of Music” degree for Piano with the highest honours at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. In 2015 he finished his formation in “Specialization Instrument - Chamber Music” in the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Brussels in the class of Boyan Vodenitcharov. In 2008 he received his “Postgraduate Concert Soloist” degree with the highest honours in the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp. He follows masterclasses by Murray Perahia, Jan Wijn, Hans Leygraf, Jozef De Beenhouwer and private lessons by Conrad Hansen in Hamburg.
Kiyotaka Izumi became laureate of numerous piano competitions : the “Benelux Young Virtuoso Competition 1998”, the “International EPTA Competition for Piano Duo 1999” and received the “Sabam Prize”, the “International Emmanuel Durlet Piano Competition 2002” where he was awarded the special prize for the “Best performance of the work of Emmanuel Durlet”, the “International Maria Yudina Competition for Piano Duo” in St.-Petersburg/Russia, the “International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera” in the Island of Majorca/Spain where he also wins the special prize for the “Best performance of music by a Balearic Composer”, “The TV Music Award” and the “Concours Musical de France” in Paris.
He performed with the “National Orchestra of Belgium”, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Volgograd, the “Hermes Ensemble”, the Concert Festival Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra ‘De Lier’ and the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp. He gives concerts and recitals in Belgium (Bozar/Brussels, deSingel/Antwerp, de Bijloke/Ghent, Concertgebouw Bruges), in the Netherlands, in Luxemburg, in Great Britain, in Italy, in Germany, in Switzerland, in Italy, in Russia, in Thailand and in Japan.
Meanwhile Kiyotaka has 7 CDs on his name with works of Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Durlet, Raick and Kennis. His recordings on CD and his concerts are regularly broadcasted on the Radio in Belgium, Germany and in Japan.
Kiyotaka Izumi is since 2008 attached to the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp as piano accompanist and is piano professor at the Academy of Music and Word in Borgerhout and in Willebroek (Belgium). He also gives masterclasses in Russia, Japan and Thailand.
Kiyotaka Izumi, born in Tokyo, left his country In 1997 for Belgium to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Antwerp, under L. Kende and H. Hendrickx. In 2002, Kiyotaka Izumi obtained there his Masters of Music with honours and in 2008 the Postgraduate Concert Soloist degree with honours. He also received the precious advice of M. Perahia, J. Wijn and by C. Hansen among others. Kiyotaka Izumi is laureate of many piano competitions : the Sabam Prize, the International Emmanuel Durlet Piano Competition, the International Maria Yudina Competition for Piano Duo, the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera for example.
The pianist performed with the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Volgograd, the Hermes Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Antwerp. He gives concerts and recitals in the Benelux, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Thailand and Japan. Izumi teaches piano performance in Belgium and regularly gives masterclasses in Russia, Japan and Thailand. He recorded 7 CDs featuring works by Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Durlet, Raick and Kennis.