Jazz Pianist Takaaki Otomo
Born and raised in Kobe,Japan.He started the classical piano at the age of 5.When he was 15 years old,he changed to jazz music to listen to the music of Oscar Peterson. He learned the pianist, Tadao Kitano who is famous music teacher in Kobe.
In 2007, he got the first prize which was held in Kobe, the next jazz competition. And he belongs to the group Gingerbread Boys which plays at a lot of venues in Kansai area. In 2014, he moved to NYC.
He released a bunch of CDs as a leader and sideman as well. In 2008 his first CD “Nightmare” was released as a leader. During his career in Japan, he has performed with Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Lewis Nash.
He has been influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Fred Hersch and Brad Mehldau.