In his homeland Japan, they call him respectfully Keito-San. He is the Japanese master of Boogie Woogie piano. This musical form was almost unknown there, before he started out performing it. Keito had found a record of this music in Europe when he studied music in Luxemburg. He went back home, with Axel Zwingenberger’s "Power House Boogie" in his luggage, and consequently started to learn playing Boogie Woogie as an autodidact. There was nobody in Japan, who played piano like this. The first personal encounter of Keito and Axel Zwingenberger in Munich in 1999 led to a spontaneous four-handed session at Axel’s Boesendorfer grand piano. Even more inspired by that, Keito, together with his brother Moriya, formed the piano duet "Les Frères" – four-handed at a Boesendorfer concert grand. Today, they are celebrated stars in Japan and the whole Far East. They fill large concert halls and have triggered a boom of rhythmic piano playing with 4 hands. Keito frequently invites Axel to tour with him in Japan, and they even released a joint CD in 2010. Keito composes many of his tunes, presents them with extreme piano virtuosity, seasons them with lots of Blues feeling and cheers the audience with his charming stage charisma.
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