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Shunta Morimoto

HIPCC winner returns for Summer Picnic Concert

The 2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition winner, Shunta Morimoto, returns for a Summer Picnic Concert at Fairlight Hall on Saturday 2 July. Dominika Hicks writes.

Shunta Morimoto won the title, £15,000 and the Molly Townson Memorial Trophy after giving a thrilling performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor Op.54 accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in March during the 16th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at the White Rock Theatre.

We are delighted that Shunta is back for our Summer Picnic Concert at Fairlight Hall on Saturday 2 July.

Join us in the beautiful surroundings of Fairlight Hall, bring a picnic or join us for a Patrons lunch and an afternoon tea and help us raise money for our charity.

Gardens will be open from 12 midday. Performance starts at 2.30pm.


Schubert – Sonata No.14 D.784
Faure – Nocturne No.6 Op. 63
Chopin – Polonaise Fantasie Op.61


Debussy – Images Book 2
1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
3. Poissons d’or
Schumann – Symphonic Etüde Op. 13


£25 general admission (plus a booking fee), includes access to the gardens
£75 for a pre-concert patrons lunch with wine, concert ticket and afternoon tea

Please email to book.

Free tickets for under 18s. Under 16s must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

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Shunta Morimoto

Shunta Morimoto

Shunta Morimoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in December 2004. From an early age he showed  great talent for the piano. At the age of 12, in 2017, he won the prestigious First Prize and the “Fukuda Scholarship Award” by the Piano Teachers Association of Japan, one of the most important prizes for a young musician. This allowed him to study with some of the most important teaching  pianists in the world. He took part in the Van Cliburn Junior competition in Dallas, Texas at age 14 in May 2019 with exceptional public success.

In 2022 Shunta won the 16th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and had his debut performance on BBC Radio 3. His performances have gone viral on the Internet and have earned him a large following of fans, critics and musicians all over the world. Since then he has performed in concert with leading musicians and symphony orchestras in Japan and abroad.

In September 2020, he won the Second Prize in the “Piano Teachers Association of Japan” competition, one of the most important competitions in Japan. Following this victory he played Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

In the same year he was invited to the International music festival ARSONORE in Graz to perform the sextet for piano and strings by Mendelssohn Bartholdy with members of the Hagen quartet.

In 2021 he played several concerts in Tokyo playing Schumann’s concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor with Tacticart orchestra and Franck’s piano quintet and the second sonata for violin and piano by Brahms. In November 2021, he had a recital in the historic hall of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

He currently studies with Maestro William Grant Naboré as a special student of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and studies piano accompaniment in the class of Maestro Giovanni Velluti at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

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Posted 13:31 Friday, Jun 17, 2022 In: Music & Sound

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