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Academy lectured by reknown, highly acclaimed musicians 

​tutored by our assistant lecturer 


​Master course

for advanced students 




Our piano, violin, cello professors will provide

private lessons for advanced students and musicians.

Outline for Master course applicants 

Outline for Master course 


2 private lessons (50 min. each)

*one lesson from both Professors Aoyagi and Fujimura in the piano division 

Period of lessons 

March 28th - April 1st 2024


Major music students, examinees and


Number of students accepting

Piano: 14

Violin: 10

Cello: 7

Tuition fee

35,000 JPY

(includes entrance for all concerts)

Piano accompaniment fee

5,000 JPY

Free of charge if intend to leave before March 31st or NOT perform in the students’ concert.

 Violinists and cellists are required to send a „binded“

copy of the accompaniment music sheet(s) to the secretary no later than Feb. 10.

Datas (PDF and so on) are acceptable.

Application Period

Dec. 1st 2023 to Jan. 31


Other informations

Applicants are responsible to cover their travel and 

accommodation, meal expenses (the office will

provide hotel informations).

If the application exceeds the class’ number of students limit, we will screen your application by CV.

As soon as your application is accepted, the office will

provide detailed information.


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Susumu Aoyagi

青柳 晋

Reknown Japanese pianist Susumu Aoyagi has started piano lessons at the age of five in Dallas Texas, and held his first solo recital in the same year.
His teacher was Jo Boatright, assistant of the legendary pianist Lili Kraus. Susumu had opportunities to play for the Maestra and received lessons from her until the age of fifteen.
At the age of nine he made his orchestral debut with the Fort Worth Symphony, and continued lessons in Japan after his family moved back to Japan.
After winning the Japan National Competition for Students, he studied in Toho Gakuen School of music and Hochschule der Kunste Berlin.
First Prizes in Jaen Piano Competition of Spain, Alfredo Casella Competition on Italy, Prizewinner of Marguerite Long = Jacques Thibauld Crespin Competition of France. Numerous orchestral appearances,Solo Recitals, Chamber music concerts in Japan and many other countries,His CD recordings are highly acclaimed.

Professor of Piano at Tokyo University of the Arts (GEIDAI), President of the jury, producer of the Takamatsu International Piano Competition, Music Director of the Nagasaki Ojika Music Festival, Board member of the Japan Chopin Society.Resides in Tokyo since 2000.

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Yuko Fujimura​

​藤村 佑子

Born in Fukuoka, started.piano lessons at the age of 5. National winnerof Japan Music Competition for Students,recipient of the Minister of Education Award. While attending Toho Gakuen School ov Music, she won 

the Japan Music Competition, followed by receiving the International Competition Dispatch Scholarship. Prizewinner of both ARD Munich and Long Thibaud Crespin Competitions, performed recitals and concertos in

London, Vienna, Paris  Berlin and Madrid. Orchestral appearances with most of the major orchestras in Japan, and has made numerous TV appearances. Her recording of Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky are highly acclaimed.

Honorable professor of Sakuyo University, Guest Principal of Fukuoka Music Academy. She was awarded the Fukuoka cultural citizenship Award.



​Natsumi Tamai

​玉井 菜採

Born in Kyoto and began playing the violin at age of four. After receiving various awards in Japan, she won the first prize and special prize in the 1992 Prague Spring International Music Competition in the 1992. She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo with her bachelor degree. She also received “Diploma d’Onore” from the summer seminar at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy.

She continued her studies with Herman Krebbers at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and with Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik in München. She won several prizes such as the 2nd prize in the J.S.Bach International Music Competition in Leipzig, the 5th prize in the 1997 the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 2nd prize in the 2000 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland.

Natsumi Tamai has given many successful concerts throughout Europe and Japan. As soloist she is guest of major orchestras, amongst them Russian national Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, NHK symphony orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic. 

Currently she is a professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai), a member of Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo and concertmistress of Geidai Philharmonia and Ensemble of Tokyo.


​長谷川 陽子

​Yoko Hasegawa


Yoko Hasegawa studied under Yoritoyo Inoue at the "Music School for Children" (affiliated to the Toho Gakuen College of Music) from the age of 9. At the age of 15, in the year she entered the Toho Gakuen School of Music High School Division, she came out second in the 54th Japan Music Competition. In 1987, she held her debut recital under the "Fresh Artist Series" sponsored by the Ongaku-No-Tomo-Sha.

In 1988, she performed her first concerto at the New Year's Concert with the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ken-ichiro Kobayashi. The same year, she entered Toho Gakuen College of Music. During this period, she became an artist under contract for Victor Entertainment and released her debut album, "Yoko Hasegawa Plays Her Favorites". The CD ranked first place on the top-sellers chart for classical music, making her the first Japanese cellist ever to achieve this remarkable result.

In 1989, she was sent to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as an overseas trainee by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, where she studied under Prof. Arto Noras. (She returned to Japan in 1992 upon graduating summa cum laude.) In 1990, she won the special prize at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Cello Competition.

In addition to performing with the major orchestras of Japan, Hasegawa has been invited to perform as a soloist with foreign orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (conducted by M. Janowski), the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Wien Konzertverein Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Vassily Sinaisky), and has been highly praised for her musicality. Also active in holding recitals, in 1993 and 1999, she appeared in the "Cello Concert Series in Tribute to Pablo Casals" at Casals Hall.

In 1995, she participated in the Opening Gala Concert of the Kioi Hall, and also held her own recital in the same hall. In recent years, she has been on tours in Japan performing in an ensemble with Pascal Roge, a collaboration which won high acclaim. In 1997, Hasegaswa presented herself as a narrator of a television program produced by NHK BS entitled "The Sound of the Woods and Lake; Exploring Finland and its Music", which was received by the viewers with much interest.

In 2000, Hasegawa performed with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra led by Sakari Oramo, and was also invited to perform in Finland's "Naantali Music Festival". In 2001, she participated in the "Divonne Music Festival in a trio with Pascal Roge. She also released a CD "Pictures at an Exhibition" in collaboration with the Finnish accordion virtuoso Mika Vayrynen, which was listed in the Japanese magazine "Record Geijutsu" ("Art of Records") as a "Highly Recommended Disc". From April, she took on the role of host along side Toru Watanabe in the program "Oshaberi Classic" ("Chatting about Classical Music") on NHK-FM. Her warm personality won her the hearts of many listeners.

In January 2003, she performed the Dvorak cello concerto together with the Prague Symphony Orchestra with Zdenek Macal as conductor. Her performance received high acclaim for its outstanding technique and abundant musicality. Hasegawa has been invited to Prague to perform with the orchestra in November 2004.

Hasegawa has released a total of 22 CDs from Victor Entertainment. Following her debut album, she has released the following CDs. "Dvorak: Cello Concerto" , a recording made in London with The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by C. Seaman; "Arie sul G"; "Rachmaninov & Schostakovich: Cello Sonatas"; "Kodaly & Prokofiev: Sonatas for Cello Solo", which was awarded the 1995 Agency of Cultural Affair's Artistic Recording Prize and the Japan Professional Music Recording Prize; " Sapateado "The Rose of Spain", an album recorded in Paris; "Brahms: Cello Sonatas", an album recorded in Germany; "Natural", a selection of the lighter pieces; " Voices, The Stark Band" , in which she participated as a member of a unit; "Requiebros", a selection of her best recordings, "Solo", her second series of unaccompanied solo pieces; "Norwegian Wood", her first album of popular songs; and "J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites", selected as a "Highly Recommended Disc" in "Record Geijutsu", "Wave - Wave-An homage towards Jobin", in which she challenges the Bossanova together with Shinichi Fukuda, "First Love", a selection of Japanese lyric songs. In May 2008, she has released a new album "Shumann & Dvorak:Cello Concerto", a recording made in Prague with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by M.Rota. Hasegawa is the recipient of many music awards, such as the Judges' Encouragement Award of the Third Arion Prize (1985), the Muramatsu Prize (1988), the Kirishima International Music Festival Award, the Mobile Music Award Encouragement Prize (1991), and the Shin-nittetsu (New Japan Steel) Fresh Artist Award (1991).

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Accompanist / Piano

​Miki Takaki 

Born in Nagoya, Japan and began piano at age of four and learned music composition between 1989 and 1995 at YAMAHA educational system. Between 2002 and 2009, she studied at the Tokyo University of Arts with Susumu Aoyagi, and graduated in 2009, obtaining the Master’s Degree.
2nd Prize of the All Japan Student Music Competition. Winner of the Kasugai Piano Music Competition. Performed with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra organized by Japan Federation of Musicians. Finalist of Kazusa Akademia Music Competition.
Giving Recitals in Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka and concerts in Poland, Vienna and all over Japan. As an accompanist, she is equally appreciated as an adept chamber musician, and has collaborated with renowned artists, such as Michael Collins, Anna Hashimoto, Masayuki Kino and more. She has also appeared on the BS-NHK, NHK-FM national television and radio in Japan.
Invited to Spring Festival in Tokyo 2023, Nagano International Festival 2021, Kurobe International Violin Seminar 2023 as a collaborated pianist and Ojika international music festival in Nagasaki Japan as an accompanist and teacher from 2013.
She was part-time teacher of Piano department from 2015-2020 and assistant accompanist of Strings department from 2018-2022. Educational Assistant of Piano at Tokyo University of the Arts(GEIDAI)


​Lesson venues

Lessons will be held at the following local facilities.

Piano lessons


Practice facilities


Personal practice rooms with upright pianos will
be provided by volunteer households in the town.
Schedules will be arranged  by the secreta


The guest house Shimayado-goēn willbe reserved exclusively
for string students.
Schedules will be arrangedby the secretary.

※All venues are located inwalking distances.
If a longer transportation isnecessary, the secretary will arrange a car.


Piano students:

Konishi or Maruma guesthouses will be reserved by the secretary.
However, the payment will be required at the guest house.

String students:

Shimayado-goēn guesthouse will be reserved by the secretary.
However, the payment will be required at the guest house.

If you wish to stay at other guesthouses/hotels please  feel free to contact us.
We can make a reservation for friends of family as well.

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​*Schedule times are subject to change.
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​ Master course enrollment benefits


​You can listen to all Master Course lessons (students and companions only)


​You can participate in the exchange meeting for free

(Students and accompanying persons only)


​Watch concerts for free.

You can participate

KoIf you wish to appear in the concert, please select your preference on the application site. We may not be able to meet your request. note that.

A “community meeting” will also be held.

As a first attempt

Town residents and music festival students

We are planning a place for interaction.

Try some delicious food from the island

(If you like it, go shopping!)

Play freely like a street piano.

​I would be happy if we could all have a fun time!


・People who can play freely

・People who can conduct workshops for children in Ojika.

*Can be done individually or in groups

​Please consider this as well.

Recruitment period

Friday, December 1, 2023

~Wednesday, January 31, 2024


​Piano Beginner Course

​This course is open to piano beginners.

​Beginner course instructor

​Miku Takagi

​Miki Takaki

Born in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. After majoring in piano at the Department of Instrumental Music at Tokyo University of the Arts, he completed a master's program at the Graduate School of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. While attending the university, she worked as a teaching assistant in the vocal music department of the Graduate School of Music. 2nd place at the 53rd All Japan Student Music Competition in Nagoya, 1st place at the 13th Kasugai City Music Competition, and the Chunichi Prize. Passed the 131st Nihon Renren Recommendation Newcomer Concert and performed with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. Selected for the 6th Kazusa Academia Music Competition. In 2017, he performed a solo recital at the Kawai Omotesando Fresh Concert Series, and in 2018, he was invited to perform a solo recital in Hilo, Hawaii, for the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration, which was well received. In recent years, he has been active as a chamber musician, and as a co-starring pianist, he has performed as a recital accompaniment for strings, wind instruments, vocals, and choirs, as well as on TV and FM recordings, as well as regularly serving as the official accompanist for competitions and music seminars. There is also a lot of trust from people in the area. Since 2016, she has been performing duo recitals with Hiromi Futamura (Vn.) mainly in Tokyo and Kyushu. We have been friends with Anna Hashimoto (Cl.) since we performed together at a concert sponsored by the Clarinet Association in 2010, and have collaborated with him in recitals, as well as performing in duo recitals with Michael Collins, recording on FM, and performing at the Tokyo Spring Music Festival 2023. They have co-starred repeatedly. She has studied piano with Junko Asai, Kyoko Sanuki, Hiroko Fujii, Haruko Kasama, G. Tacchino, and Susumu Aoyagi, and chamber music with Yuji Murai and C. Leron. String class accompanist at NAGANO International Music Festival Seminar (2021) and Kurobe International Violin Seminar (2023). From 2013 to 2013, he served as string class accompanist and beginner piano class instructor at the Nagasaki Ojika International Music Festival. After working as a part-time lecturer in the piano department and a part-time lecturer (accompaniment assistant) in the string department at Tokyo University of the Arts, he is currently an educational research assistant in the piano department at the same university.


​Piano Beginner Course
Application requirements


Friday, March 28, 2024

~Saturday, March 31, 2024

Qualification requirements

music lover

Number of people recruiting

​10 people

Tuition fee

1 private lesson (30 minutes)

/ 2000circle

​Recruitment period

Friday, December 1, 2023

~Wednesday, January 31, 2024


​If there are many applicants, there will be a selection process. We will send you the ``attendance guide'' as soon as it is decided.

Application and Information

Recruitment period

Friday, December 1, 2023

~Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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