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Bravo Niagara features YouTube piano sensation Cateen—a.k.a. Hayato Sumino—at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Hayato Sumino recorded his last album with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw.

On YouTube, a Japanese concert pianist by the name of Cateen has attracted 1.34 million subscribers. To classical music enthusiasts, he’s also known as Hayato Sumino. The 28-year-old phenom has won rave reviews for his interpretations of pieces by Frédéric Chopin and other legendary composers.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (May 9), Sumino will perform a piano recital at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto as part of the Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts.

The program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971; Chopin’s Waltz No.1 in E flat major, Op. 18; Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35; and Chopin’s Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20, No. 1.

In addition, Sumino will perform “Big Cat Waltz”, “New Birth”, and Soviet composer Nikolai Kapustin’s 8 Concert Etudes Op. 40 No.1, 2, 3. Plus, the audience will hear two pieces by George Gershwin: 10 levels of “I Got Rhythm” (arranged by Sumino) and “Rhapsody in Blue”.

Watch Hayato Sumino perform 10 levels of “I Got Rhythm”.

Cateen is also a music scholar

Sumino has experienced tremendous success as a young pianist. In 2017, he captured the gold medal at the International Chopin Competition in Asia. Then in 2018, the Tokyo-born musician won the Grand Prix at Japan’s 42nd PTNA Competition.

He followed that up with third prize at the Lyon International Piano Competition the following year.

Sumino garnered more international attention in 2021 by advancing to the semifinals of the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

The Chopin Institute shared this Hayato Sumino performance.

He recorded his most recent album, Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his piano virtuosity, Sumino is also a scholar of music information processing. In 2020, he earned a master’s degree at the University of Tokyo and received the President’s Award.

Cateen performs 7 Levels of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will present the Hayato Sumino Piano Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (May 9). The event is already sold-out.

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Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

Toronto Spark editor Charlie Smith has worked as a journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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