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Following initial studies in Tokyo, the Japanese pianist Hidéki Nagano, who was born in 1968, graduated from the Paris Conservatoire under Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano) and Anne Grappotte (song accompaniment). He received his degree with highest honors and has won prizes at international competitions in Montréal and in Barcelona at the Concurs Maria Canals. In 1998 he garnered the Muramatsu Award and the Idemitsu Award in Japan, and the Prix Samson François was conferred on him in 1999 in France. Collaborating with contemporary composers is of central importance to Hidéki Nagano, who has been a member of the Ensemble intercontemporain since 1996. Indeed, along with Prokofiev, Ravel, and Antheil, his discography also includes works by Boulez, Messiaen, Murail, and Dutilleux. He regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician in France and Japan, where he has also concertized with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.