Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma started learning piano at the age of 5 and has obtained many high awards in international competitions in such cities as Tel Aviv (Arthur Rubinstein), Santander (Paloma O’Shea), Helsinki (Maj Lind), Rio De Janeiro (BNDES) and Salt Lake City (Gina Bachauer).

In 2003, at the age of 20, Kotaro won both First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the 15th Cleveland International Piano Competition. Since then his concert career has developed on five continents (North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia).

He has performed in major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Salle Olivier Messiaen in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva, AuditorioNacional in Madrid, Sala Mozart in Zaragoza, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Oriental Center in Shanghai, Suntory Hall and Opera City in Tokyo.

In 2013, he played at La Folle Journée au Japon in Tokyo and in the series Grandes Pianistas in the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile as replacement of Hélène Grimaud.

His performances with orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Île de France National Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic, Japan Century Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic, under the direction of such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Juanjo Mena, Asher Fisch, HannuLintu, Lawrence L. Smith, François-Xavier Roth, Jahja Ling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Yuki Kakiuchi.

Passionate about contemporary music, Kotaro has performed world and national premieres of works by Toru Takemitsu, Mutsuo Shishido, Renaud Gagneux, Thierry Escaich, Thierry Huillet, Peter Klatzow and Francesco Milita. Kotaro has released six commercial CDs to date: two by Naxos (Schumann, Takemitsu), two by Accustika (Liszt, Toppan Live Recital) one by Editions Hortus (Albéniz) and one by DENON (Debussy), and has received critical praise in such music magazines as Gramophone, Diapason, American Music Records, Monde de la Musique, Classica, Bayern 4 Klassik and Classic Today.

He studied music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (2001-2005) with Bruno Rigutto and Marie-Françoise Bucquet, then at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2005-2010) with Klaus Hellwig and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy (2006-2009).

He also has studied with several great masters of the piano, including Leon Fleisher, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Alicia de Larrocha, Maria Joao Pires, Leslie Howard and Aldo Ciccolini. Kotaro Fukuma is currently based in Berlin.

27 November 2014 - 1:00pm

Rameau Gavotte et six Doubles (from Nouvelle suite de pièces de clavecin)
Debussy From Images Book I:
Tchaikovsky Dumka Op. 59
Glinka The Lark (trans. Balakirev)
Stravinsky The Firebird (trans. G. Agosti)


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