My Piano Roots are for the Great Musicians. GACKT’s Top 3 Classical Artistes Recommendations for this Season


GACKT’s 45th new single [Akatsukizukuyo -Day Breakers-] went on sale on 1 October. We asked him, who has been playing the piano since his childhood days, for the top 3 classical artistes he recommends for this season

1. Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin

Considering that I’ve played the piano since young, basically, the main subject in classical music is the piano. I think that Chopin’s Etude series is dynamic in the sense where there is speed yet it is rich in emotions. Because its based on feelings, I’ve liked it since young. I was so into it that I was always playing it.

(Poland’s 19th century well known romantic composer, a pianist whose delicate styles of playing gave him the moniker the piano’s poet (1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849). Famous songs are “Fantasy Impromptu”, “Etude”, “Heroic” and more.)

2. Ludwig van Beethoven

In music, I like feeling the anguish when one reaches the end of a life. Even if the music is dark, you can really feel the hope that grows from within the pain. Even in some of my songs there are these feelings.

(A German composer (16 December 1770 – 26 March 1827). One of the greatest musical composers on par with Bachand more, he was also known as a musical genius. His works were the pioneers of romantic music and were the culmination of classical music. Famous works include “Fifth Symphony”, “Ninth Symphony”, “Moonlight Sonata” and more.)

3. Claude Achille Debussy

Compared to the previous two composers, Debussy’s musical style is slightly more philosophical. The works he produces and him as a composer as it is, creates a grander and more awe-inspiring impression i think. Because of this I believe that first time listeners will find his works easier to listen to.

(A french composer (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918). The founder of the synthesis of monophonic based melodic tonality with harmonies, and impressionist music. Using a full-toned scale, he creates special harmonics, and changed the western musical landscape. Famous works include “Claire de Lune”, “La Mer”, “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” and more. )


Translation: GACKT ITALIA Team