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Makoto Ueno was born into a musical family in 1966 in Muroran, Japan. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, he studied with Jorge Bolet and Gary Graffman, continuing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Hans Leygraf. He also received musical instruction and suggestions from musicians such as Mieczysław Horszowski, Edward Aldwell, Felix Galimir, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, Andrzej Jasinski, Radoslav Kvapil, and Jacob Lateiner. He was a prizewinner at various international competitions, including Maryland, Bösendorfer-Empire (Brussels), Geneva and Orléans. In Japan he was a recipient of the Kyoto University Prize for New Artists, and of the Aoyama Barocksaal Prize, in 2005. In June 2005 he won second prize at the first Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow. He has given recitals throughout Japan, Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Mexico, the United States, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Latvia, and Russia, and has appeared as a soloist with leading orchestras. Although he usually plays modern concert pianos, he is equally at home with historical instruments, often performing and recording on Viennese and British fortepianos from 1810 to the 1820s, and on a Pleyel, a Streicher and an Erard built between 1840 and 1860. Since 1996, he has been teaching at Kyoto University of Arts (KCUA).

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