Hisako Kawamura


Born in Nishinomiya (Japan), moved to Düsseldorf (Germany) with her family 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.
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 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.
In 2009, an all Chopin album titles “Hisako Kawamura plays Chopin” was released as Super Audio CD from 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 from “DiscAuver” label, another with 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 2009, Kawamura’s 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.
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