Ikuyo Kamiya
piano | Japan, °1946
 
PIANO 1972 : Sixth Prize
Acclaimed a master of her generation, Ikuyo Kamiya is one of the most prominent pianists in Japan. Beginning the piano at the age of eight, she studied under Aiko Iguchi at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and following her first prize at the Japan Music Competition, was chosen to study at the Essen National Academy in Germany, where she studied with Klaus Hellwig and Stefan Askenaze.

Ikuyo Kamiya's international career was launched following the prize that she won at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth Competition, after which she was invited to perform throughout Belgium at various festivals in recital and as soloist with orchestras including the Brussels National Orchestra and the Antwerp Orchestra.

Invited to play as soloist with all the major Japanese orchestras including the NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Ikuyo Kamiya also performs at home and abroad with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Orchestre de Chambre Jean-Francois Paillard. Her collaborations with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Heinz Roger and Maxim Shostakovich have also garnered great critical acclaim. In addition to solo recitals, and concerto performances, she also regularly gives chamber music performances with artists such as the Cleveland Quartet and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ikuyo Kamiya is known for her wide repertoire, and particularly recognised for her interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Mussorgsky and Satie, many of which are available in her extensive discography. She has made 20 recordings on the RCA label, including acclaimed recordings of the major Beethoven sonatas released in Europe and the U.S.,where they achieved record sales. She continued to record on the Fontec label and in 2001 released a CD marking the 35th anniversary of her debut featuring the Grieg Piano Concerto and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and Chosei Komatsu. Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21, released in 2008, won the Music Pen Club Japan Award as the Best CD of the Year.

In 1988, Ikuyo Kamiya received the prestigious Arts Festival Award of Japan. She is currently professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.
Audio
Programme
Final (31/05/1972)
Jacques Leduc Concerto op. 31
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Rondo K.V. 511
Fryderyk Chopin Concerto n. 2 in F minor op. 21
Ikuyo Kamiya, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. René Defossez
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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