Hisako Kawamura
piano | Japan, °1981
 
PIANO 2007 : Laureate
Born in Nishinomiya (Japan), Hisako Kawamura moved to Düsseldorf (Germany) with her family, where she started to study the piano under Kyoko Sawano. Her two mentors are Malgorzata Bator-Schreiber and Prof. Vladimir Krainev, with whom she studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hannover.

Hisako Kawamura has competed succesfully in numerous international piano competitions. She won 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 Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, and she became laureate at the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

She has 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, 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 and Vladimir Spivakov, among many others.

Besides her solo activity, in which she 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.

In 2009, an all Chopin album titled “Hisako Kawamura plays Chopin” was released as Super Audio CD with RCA Red Seal, which marks her first recording on this prestigious label. There are two further CD recordings available; one with works by Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev with the DiscAuver label, another with works by Schubert and Schumann with the audite label.

In 2009, her music activity was awarded by three important Music Prizes in Japan; 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.

Since 1994, Hisako Kawamura has been encouraged by numerous scholarships from prestigious organizations, including the piano company Ibach, the European Yamaha Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Rohm Music Foundation.
Audio
Programme
Final (29/05/2007)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata n. 18 in D major KV 576
Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher La Luna y la Muerte
Fryderyk Chopin Concerto n. 1 in E minor op. 11
Hisako Kawamura, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Gilbert Varga
Semi-final

Récital (15/05/2007)

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 4 in E flat major op. 7
César Franck Prélude, Choral et Fugue
Kris Defoort Dedicatio VI
Hisako Kawamura, piano

Concerto (18/05/2007)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 17 in G major KV 453
Hisako Kawamura, piano
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, dir. Paul Goodwin
First round (08/05/2007)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue n. 17 in A flat major BWV 886
Claude Debussy Etude pour les huit doigts
Béla Bartók Etude op. 18/3
Fryderyk Chopin Variations brillantes in B flat major op. 12
Hisako Kawamura, piano
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
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H.M. Queen Mathilde
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