“A fabulous artist…and a prince among peers” The Independent
Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma won both first prize and the Chopin Prize at the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition and has developed his career on five continents (North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia).He has given solo recitals in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Salle Gaveau, Victoria Hall, Suntory Hall etc.
His performances with orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonie and NHK Symphonie Orchestra under the direction of such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Rafaël Frühbeck de Burgos, Juanjo Mena, Hannu Lintu, François-Xavier Roth, Jahja Ling, Mihhaël Gerts and Kazuka Yamada.
July 2016, with 24h-notice he stepped in for Nelson Freire to perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2 with the Orchestre Natonal du Capital de Toulouse under Tugan Sokhiev.
Kotaro has released sixteen commercial CD’s .His recordings have all been praised by musical journals such as Gramophone, Diapason, American Music Records, Monde de la Musique, Classica, Bayern 4 Klassik, Piano News and Classic Today.
Kotaro currently lives in Berlin/Tokyo
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