Artist Name: Didier Merah
Real Name: Miki Toya (Birth Name: Miki Yamada)
Artist, composer, music critic from Japan.
In the past decades, I spent as an accompaniment pianist. During that time, I engaged with various genres of music. About classical music, Contemporary music, Pop music, Spanish, Argentine Tango, Cuban salsa, Brazilian music, Arabic music, Malaysia songs, Ballads, Chanson and Canzone. After I left these works, I release works of music across to many genres as Didier Merah.
I was born in 1964. When I was born, I had a breathing problem and a close shave with death from a lungs inflammation. And I lost my voice. Therefore I tried to voice training then I got my voice at last.
When I was a child, I was very sensitive to sound. I learned to play piano by watching other people play. At age of 2, I listened to music only once and I was able to play it by ear with both hands. At age of 3, I began to study classical piano.
Because I have both perfect pitch and eidetic memory, I just know the whole piece with only the quickest glance at the score. Therefore I had not been troubled with piano lessons, and I was easily able to play a set piece from memory.
When I was very young, I was bored with rote learning method of playing the piano. Therefore I naturally became interested in composition and improvisation. At age of 9, I performed my first improvisation play in public.
While enrolled in Toho Gakuen College Music Department, I studied piano under Satoko Tokumaru and Kazuoki Fujii, and studied composition under Akira Miyoshi and Tokuhide Niimi.