Hisako Kawamura

Piano

Biography

Born in Nishinomiya (Japan), moved to Düsseldorf (Germany) with her family at the age of 5, where she started to study piano under Kyoko Sawano.
There are two mentors in Kawamura’s musical education: Malgorzata Bator-Schreiber in Göttingen who built her up musically and artistically, and Prof. Vladimir Krainev at the Hannover University of Music and Drama who developed her further to an artistic personality.
After numerous outstanding successes at renowned international piano competitions, Kawamura’s international concert career began. She won the first prizes at the Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey, the A. Casagrande International Piano Competition in Terni, the G.B. Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli and the European Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, she became laureate at the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels.
In the spring of 2012, she performed with Roger Norrington and NHK Symphony Orchestra as well as with Michael Pletnev and Russian National Orchestra in Japan with much success. She has also performed with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Nationaltheater-Orchestra Mannheim, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and worked together with conductors like Paolo Arrivabeni, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Thierry Fischer, Theodor Guschelbauer, Junichi Hirokami, Norichika Iimori, Eliahu Inbal, Daniel Inbal, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Fabio Luisi, Erwin Lukac, Eiji Oue, Tatsuya Shimono, Saulius Sondeckis, Vladimir Spivakov, Jun Märkl, Alexander Dmitriev, Alexander Lazarev, Marek Janowski among many others.
She performed at the Rudolfium in Prague in the Subscription series of the Czech Philharmonic followed by the tour of Japan with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek in the autumn of 2013 with great success.
Besides her solo activity, in which Kawamura has participated at major music festivals like Klavierfestival Ruhr, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival Auvers-sur-Oise, Carinthian Summer, Klavierwoche Ernen, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Chopin Festival Duszniki-Zdroj, La folle journée au Japon, she also performs as a sensitive chamber musician.
She has released ‘Chopin Ballades’ as her third album this fall from the RCA Red Seal label. Her previous releases include ‘Hisako Kawamura plays Chopin’ released as Super Audio CD and ‘Chopin Sonata No. 3 and Schumann Humoresque’ both receiving high acclaims from music critics. Other recordings include works of Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev released from “DiscAuver” label, and works by Schubert and Schumann from “audite” label.
She has been encouraged by numerous scholarships from prestigious organizations, including the German piano company Ibach, the European Yamaha Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Rohm Music Foundation.
In Japan, Kawamura’s music activity was awarded the prestigious Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists of Music in spring of 2012 from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. She was also awarded by three important Music Prizes in 2009; the Fresh Artist Music Prize of the Nippon Steel Corporation, the IDEMITSU Music Prize of Idemitsu Kosan and the Prize of the Chopin Society Japan.

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