Japanese pianist Izumi Tateno has lived in Finland since 1964. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1960 and hitherto has given almost 4,000 concerts around the world and made over 130 recordings. Tateno’s career as a pianist came to a halt suddenly in 2002 when the right half of his body was paralysed following a stroke. He was never able to play with his right hand again. He rehearsed an entirely new repertoire for the left hand alone, which has now become substantial. In 2007 Tateno started the foundation in Japan that bears his name: its purpose is to collect works for the left hand and commission new pieces from composers. Apart from giving regular solo recitals, Tateno has performed several concertos for the left hand. He was Artistic Director of the Oulunsalo Soi Music Festival and President of Sibelius Society of Japan.