On 9 April 2011, Masataka Goto was awarded First Prize at the 9th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Utrecht. The jury compared him to “a young samurai defending the honour of music.” He also received the Van Lanschot Bankiers Audience Award as well as the Prize of the Junior Jury. Masataka Goto has been playing the piano since the age of four. In 1996, he received his first piano instruction under Fumiko Eguchi at the Showa Graduate School of Music and the Piano Art Academy, where he is still a student. In 2004, he won the Grand Prix at the 28th Competition of the Japanese Piano Teachers’ National Association and in 2005 was awarded first prize at the Ennio Porrino International Piano Competition in Cagliari, Italy. As concert pianist, Masataka appears in concert halls all over the world, both solo and with orchestral accompaniment. In 2003, he gave a recital at London’s Royal Academy of Music and in 2005 made a large‐scale concert tour of Europe and the United States. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Krakow State Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Silesia. As First Prize winner in the Liszt Competition, Masataka is to embark upon a world‐wide concert tour. Already in the morning following the Competition’s finals, he made his debut in the main hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Jaap van Zweden.