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Biography

Born in Nishinomiya (Japan), Hisako Kawamura moved to Düsseldorf (Germany) with her family at the age of 5 where she started studying piano with Kyoko Sawano. She continued her studies with Malgorzata Bator-Schreiber in Göttingen who provided her with musical and artistic training, and Prof. Vladimir Krainev at the Hannover University of Music and Drama who nurtured the development of her artistic personality.

Kawamura's international concert career kick-started with 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 also had outstanding successes at renowned international piano competitions as a prizewinner at the Concours Geza Anda in Zurich, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels.

In 2016, Hisako Kawamura performed Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto during her tour in Japan with Kazuki Yamada and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Following the success of this tour, she was invited to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with the CBSO in 2017. She performed Rachmaminovʼ s Second Concerto with Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Tamás Vásáry, and Saint-Saënsʼ Second Concerto with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi in 2017. In November 2016, she performed with the cellist Maximilian Hornung at London's Wigmore Hall, making her debut in this music capital.

Hisako Kawamura has performed with orchestras including Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Junichi Hirokami, Eliahu Inbal, Paavo Järvi, Marek Janowski, Zoltán Kocsis, Alexander Lazarev, Mikhail Pletnev, Tatsuya Shimono and Yuri Temirkanov, among others.

As a soloist, Kawamura has participated in major music festivals such as Klavierfestival Ruhr (Germany), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Klavierwoche Ernen (Switzerland), Festival Auvers-sur-Oise (France), the Chopin Festival Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), Spring-Festival in Tokyo and La folle journée au Japon.

As an avid and sensitive chamber musician Hisako performs regularly with cellists Clemens Hagen, Maximilian Hornung and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.

Her fifth album ʻChopin 24 Préludes & Polonaise-Fantasieʼ was released in April 2018 with the RCA Red Seal label. Previous critically acclaimed releases include the ʻRachmaninoff- Albumʼ, ʻChopin Balladesʼ, ʻChopin Sonata No. 3 and Schumann Humoreskeʼ and ʻNotturnoʼ.
Other recordings include works by Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev (DiscAuvers), works by Schubert and Schumann (audite), works by Scarlatti, Debussy and Franck (Edition Klavierfestival Ruhr), Schumann's Piano Quintet (Nippon Columbia), Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra under Junichi Hirokami (Kyoto Symphony Orchestra label), Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 467 with the Argovia Philharmonic under Douglas Bostock (Coviello Classics).

Hisako has been awarded numerous scholarships from prestigious organisations such as the German piano company Ibach, the European Yamaha Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Rohm Music Foundation.

In Japan, Kawamuraʼs musical activity was recognised by the prestigious Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists of Music by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. She was also awarded three important music prizes in 2009: the Fresh Artist Music Prize from the Nippon Steel Corporation, the IDEMITSU Music Prize from Idemitsu Kosan and the Prize of the Chopin Society Japan. Kawamura received also the Iue-Culture and Art Prize from Iue Memorial Foundation and the Hotel Okura Music Prize.

Committed to sharing her musical experience with the next generation Hisako holds a professorship at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen (Germany) and teaches masterclasses at the Tokyo College of Music.

(March 2019)