About Us

The Pianoduo FourTe was founded in Weimar 2014 as a German-Japanese project by the two pianists Eva-Maria Weinreich and Tomohito Nakaishi. The name is a combination of the English word "four" (4) and the Japanese word "Te" (hand).

Since then the artists explore the ways of playing the piano as a duo with refreshing joy and fantasy.

Their focus lies in discovering the variety of sounds and colours hidden in the piano with their four hands.

Also, they connect the world of  Japanese and European music in an exciting way through their own compositions.

The duo has performed in different cities in Germany, Austria, Japan, Italy, France and Tui Cruises.

In 2015 the artists won the first prize at the Ischia International Piano Competition (piano, fourhands) and furthermore they also received a scholarship for the well-known "International Summer Academy" at the Mozarteum in Salzburg to work there with Joseph Paratore.

In 2016 the Duo FourTe won several prizes:

  • First prize and CMF prize (piano, fourhands) at the International  CMF Piano Competition in Paris
  • First prize (piano, fourhands) at the Padova International Competition (Italy)
  • Second Prize (piano duo) at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Torino (Italy)

 

In 2017 they performed inter alia at the International Pianoduo Festival Bad Herrenalb and the Cap Ferret Music Festival.

"We want to refine our knowledge and skills for a lifetime..." Masterclasses with the renowned Joseph Paratore (Duo Paratore),

Prof. Christoph Sischka, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Prof. Karl-Peter Kammerlander.

The "Duo FourTe+" concerts are projects, where the duo performes in collaboration with other artists (singer, instrumentalist, actor,...), for example, a recital with intruiging melodramas by R. Schumann (narrator: Sophia Backhaus) or the extraordinary "Liedduo/ Pianoduo" combination with the  mezzosoprano Susanne Grobholz.


Tomohito Nakaishi

was born in Kumamoto/Japan and grew up on the island Kyushu.  In 2011, he completed his studies of Piano Performance (Diploma) and Opera/Liedgestaltung (PGDip) at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar/ Germany.

Tomohito performed as a solist and chamber musician in Japan, Germany, Poland and Finland with the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra,  the Seinan Gakuin Orchestra and the Jena Phiharmonic Orchestra.

In collaboration with the famous actress Iris Berben, he has performed in the Theater Nordhausen.

At the moment, he can also be seen in the thrilling stage- performance "Novecento" with the actor Roland Peek.

Eva-Maria Weinreich

was born near Munich/ Germany and grew up in Bavaria. She studied for two years on a scholarship in Birmingham/England before completing her diploma in Piano Performance and her Konzertexamen (PGDip) in Liedgestaltung at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar/ Germany in 2013.

The Pianist was a fellow at the Lied Forum Berlin and at the  "Max Reger Tage" (Weiden). Furthermore, she was winner/finalist together with the mezzosoprano Susanne Grobholz in the International Engelbert- Humperdinck Competition (Bonn), the International Brahms Competition (Pörtschach) and the Weimar Lied Competition.

Performances as a Liedpianist with various singers in Germany, Austria, France and China, for example in Shanghai, Huang Zhou, the Steinwayhaus München, the Theater Erfurt, the" junges Theater" Hamburg, etc.