Kei Saotomé

Masterclass Application & Biography

How to apply

The Masterclass will take place from 20 to 26 September 2023 in Trani (Italy, Puglia). The program for the lessons of the masterclass is free.

The Masterclass is open to pianists of every age and nationalities

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 450 euros
– Optional in add to masterclass, cost for playing as soloist with orchestra: 600 euros
In add of the masterclass, every student has the possibility to play at the final concerts as soloist with orchestra. 
The students can choose among various concerti (any Piano Concerto with orchestral instrumentation such as the Mozart Concerti).

Participants can choose any other piece with a similar orchestral instrumentation.

The deadline for sending an application to the Masterclass is the 20th of August 2023.

The organization of the Masterclass will give you the possibility to sleep and have full meals with
very cheap costs.

– Airport in Bari (40 km far from Trani) and transfer to Trani with train
– Rome airport and train from Roma Termini station to Trani

All the payment fees must be made when you send your application to attend the Masterclass
by transfer to this account 
IBAN IT79 C360 9201 6000 9579 9232 960

If the applicant is not admitted to Masterclass the fee will be refunded.
If the application is successful but the student withdraws from the Masterclass, there will be No refund.

For other informations you can call
+39 3468296657
or send e-mail to


Kei Saotomé was born in a family of artists in Tokyo. At the age of 8, she was introduced to Olivier Messiaen and his wife Yvonne Loriod, and moved to Paris on their recommendation. While under the tutelage of the French pianist, she began performing in public and participated in several television programs in France and Japan.

At the age of 18, as a student of Michel Béroff, she received First Prize in piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and went on to study in Germany, Russia and Switzerland. Her professors were Christine Paraschos, Igor Lazko, Vitaly Margulis, Gyorgy Sebok, and Lev Naumov. In 1996, Kei Saotomé moved to Florence, Italy, where she completed her training with Clive Britton, Piero Rattalino, Vincenzo Balzani, Bruno Canino and Pier Narciso Masi. Laureate of several international competitions (Clara Schumann in Düsseldorf, Robert Schumann in Zwickau), Kei Saotomé has performed in numerous European countries, including France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, in Russia and Armenia, U.A.E playing in concert halls such as Salle Gaveau, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, La Sala Verdi in Milan, Teatro Comunale in Florence, St. Petersburg Philharmonie Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Yamaha Hall and Casals Hall in Tokyo. She has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Japan and the United States, and has performed with multiple orchestras such as the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique Français, the Orchestra della città di Ravenna, the Orchestra Sanmmartini di Milano, the Orchestra da camera di Belluno, The National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, the Tochigi Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau among others.
Kei Saotomé has been invited to be on the juries of prestigious national and international piano and chamber music competitions and to give piano masterclasses in France, Italy, USA and Japan. She has recorded works by Chopin and Brahms for the Italian CD label, Phoenix Classics. Kei Saotomé is currently Professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Viroflay – Versailles Grand Parc.