Katsumi Ueda studied and completed his graduate studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He studied with the late Prof. Jun Date and Prof. Toyoaki Matsuura. While at the university, he won a prize at the 38th Japan Music Competition. He also awarded the Ataka Special prize in 1971, and the Kreutzer Award in 1973.
He further studied at North-West German Music Academy, Detmold, and Berlin University of Arts under Prof. Klaus Schilde. In 1977, he won the 2nd prize at the Long-Thibaud International Piano Competition. From 1978 to 1980, he enrolled in Berlin University of Arts as an assistant, and performed actively in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England and all over Europe until he returned to Japan in 1980. Katsumi Ueda performed with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Bachsolisten, and so on. In 1986, Katsumi Ueda started his project “Katsumi Ueda Beethoven Series”, in which he played the entire piano and the chamber works by Beethoven, and completed its 27 volumes in 2005. Katsumi Ueda performs extensively as a soloist and also as a chamber musician. He is currently the professor of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.