Megumi Hashiba was born in Japan and began to play the piano at the age of four. Since her youth she has been taking lessons from Mitsuko Uchida, whose influence was decisive in her studies at the Toho-Gakuen Music Conservatory in Tokyo. In 1985, while still a student she won First Prize and the Masuzawa Special Prize at the renowned national Nihon Music Competition in Japan. In 1987 she travelled to Germany in order to study under Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Cologne Musikhochschule. In 1993 she obtained a degree in solo performance. Megumi Hashiba has been named a prize-winner at international competitions such as the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and the Tomassoni Music Competition in Cologne. She received additional commendation at the Epinal Compeition in France and the Schumann Compeition in Zwickau. Since completing her studies she has performed in concert in Germany and Asia, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has received invitations to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Lionel Tertis Festival, the Euriade, the Rencontres Musicales Internationales d’Enghien and the Kronberg Academy. She is high in demand as a chamber music partner and regularly appears in the WDR Chamber Music Concerts, the International Summer Academy in Seeheim and gives numerous master classes. In addition, she has recorded CD productions for TACET with violist Hartmut Lindemann and with cellist Tray Lee on EMI/Asia. Since 1994, Megumi Hashiba has been a lecturer in instrumental coaching and chamber music at the Cologne Musikhochschule, where she has worked with various artists. Over the years, these have included Boris Pergamenschikov, Igor Ozim, Viktor Tretjakov, Rainer Moog, Gorjan Kosuta, Matthias Buchholz, Ralph Manno, Frans Helmersson, Mihaela Martin, Ariadne Daskalakis, Susanna Yoko Henkel, Alban Gerhardt, Antoine Tamestit and Nicolas Altstaedt. In addition, she has received important artistic impetus from Tatjana Nikolaeva, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Miriam Fried and Pierre Amoyal.
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.megumihashiba.com
Romantic Works for Viola and Piano
by Johannes Brahms, Friedrich Kiel and Robert Fuchs
Rainer Moog, viola - Megumi Hashiba, piano