Takuya Otaki was born in Niigata, Japan, and completed his schooling there. He completed his bachelor’s degree in piano performance with Yuzo Kakeya and Vadim Sakharov at the University of the Arts Aich. This was followed by a master’s degree at the Stuttgart Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where he studied piano with Thomas Hell. There he also intensified his exploration of contemporary music after his degree, studying New Music for Piano in Stuttgart until 2016. During his student years, he won numerous prizes, including the First Prize at the 12th Orléans International Piano Competition.
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