The concerto pianist, who doesnt want to be
a pop star ...
Being already successfully on tour as classical concerto
pianist under her civil name with solo appearances
and philharmonical orchestras for years, now she presents
her pop debut album Honey under the pseudonym
of Sej. The album is arranged con
amore, her compositions and lyrics are as well
tender as impressive and at the same time easy and
The Japanese singer, song-writer & componist,
who is living in Berlin (born in Toyama at the west
coast of Japan), got her first piano lessons at the
age of five years and already one year later she has
been awarded the 1. prize at the Fukui piano contest
in Toyama. 1989 she attended the renowned Toho Highschool
for music in Tokyo. She completed her piano study,
which she started at the University of Arts, Berlin,
at the University for Music "Hans Eisler"
in Berlin by passing the exam with distinction.
She also got the Beethoven-award for chamber
music with cello at the 15. Concorso Internazionale
in Caltanissetta (Italy), and appeared as well as
soloist as together with orchestras like the Berlin
Symphonics on several tours in Europe and in
Already during the initial years in Europe she appeared
at several chamber-musical concerts with violoncello,
drums and saxophone, followed by numerous solo concerts
and piano evenings in Europe and Japan. 2004 she founded
the trio "XINOWA SEJ" with three young pianists.
The outcome of this has been, produced by testacosa
(aka Andreas Köpf) the project "Sej":
from classically breathed on tunes up to romantic
(Japanese) pop songs with an ear candy character.
A Popstar? No, she would not like to be one,
she says. But even the promo copy of her album Honey
already generated some fan hysteria in Japan, which
is only known from Popstars. So this makes us really
anxious to listen to the album and looking forward
to her appearances as Sej.