Japanese Artists

Yuko Hisamoto

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Yuko Hisamoto

 

Yuko Hisamoto is highly appreciated as pianist with intellect, musicality, delicacy and dynamism. Recently, she has broadened her career in her recitals and recordings, playing period pianos, like Walter, Pleyel(of 19th C.), Erard(of 19th C.) etc. pursuing the sound and the aesthetics of composers in their time horizon. In 2010, she performed in the presence of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko in Karuizawa August Music Festival(at Ohga Hall). In February 2011, she held her recital in Bosendorfersaal in Vienna and won the highest praise and as a result, she appeared on the front cover of a Viennese piano magazine “Weinberger”.

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She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Piano from Tokyo University of the Arts. She has performed recitals throughout Japan, as well as abroad in cities such as Vienna, Saint Petersburg, and Riga. She has appeared with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Telemann Chamber Orchestra, and Kobe Chamber Orchestra and so on. She has performed with the Berlin String Quartet and other chamber groups. She has also appeared on NHK(Japanese Public Broadcasting)radio broadcasts. She has recorded and released several works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin on numerous CDs, which have been favorably reviewed by music critics and covered by the press. She has an original recital style, in which she not only performs, but also lectures on the background of a famous composer from the past. The unique concert format is well-known and was featured in the renowned Japanese column TENSEIJINGO in Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers. She has published three books entitled Mozart in” Age of Youth(2004)”,”How Did Mozart Play?(2000)”, and “Looking for Mozart’ Clavier Music(1998)” based on her own research. In an essay contest sponsored by Mainich Shimbun(another leading Japanese newspaper)and open to the public, she won first prize two years consecutively. As a supplementary prize, she received the opportunity to study abroad at Hawaii’JAIMS Institute(Japan-America Institute of Management Science) where she completed a degree in Comparative Study of Cultures and Art Production, graduating with honors.