Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1982, Misa SHITAKA began her piano studies at the age of three under the guidance of her mother. In Junior and Senior High School days, she studied piano with the late Kazuhiko NAKAJIMA and Izumi OGAWA, and solfage with Fumiyo HANDA. From 2001 to 2007, SHITAKA studied piano with Michiko OKAMOTO and Minoru NOJIMA, cembalo and fortepiano with Yoshio WATANABE, and chamber music with Izumi KOMORIYA at Toho Gakuen College Music Department. SHITAKA graduated with the highest honors in 2005, and finished its post graduate course in 2007. SHITAKA also had the honor to play Ravel’s "Oiseaux tristes" and "Alborada del gracioso" at the Imperial Palace. From 2007 to 2011, as a scholarship student of Rohm Music Foundation, SHITAKA studied with Jacques Rouvier at Berlin University of Arts (UDK), graduating with diploma. SHITAKA has been a full-time lecturer of Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima since 2015.
At the age of 14, SHITAKA received an honorable mention in the 2nd International Young Pianist Competition in Memory of Horowitz (Ukraine). She got 2nd place of the 4th Piano Competition in Memory of Kazuko YASUKAWA (Japan), won 1st place in the senior concerto division of the 7th Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia (Japan), and got diploma in the 7th Poulenc International Piano Competition (France).
SHITAKA played Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and with Kraków Chamber Orchestra in 2006. She played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with Orchestra of Toho Gakuen School of Music at Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space) in 2007.
Reviews of Japanese music magazines:
“Misa SHITAKA played the piano very elegantly and beautifully.” (MUSICANOVA, 2003)
“SHITAKA is a promising young pianist.” (CHOPIN, 2008)
“SHITAKA is a talented pianist, who plays the piano gracefully.” (CHOPIN, 2014)
SHITAKA has released five CDs:
- Her Debut-CD, “Misa SHITAKA Piano Recital~~ Apres une lecture du Dante~~” with Miroirs by Ravel
- “Trio Primavera ~~Chapel Concert~~”
- “Romantic CHOPIN.”
- “Romantic Collection ~~La Campanella~~”
- “Beethoven ~~Appassionata~~”