Born in Hokkaido Japan in 1965.
Masahiro Kawakami studied at the Tokyo College of Music and subsequently attended the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien. He was awarded 4th prize at the International Maria Canals Competition, Barcelona, in 1988.
He has made recordings for Radio NHK-FM and performed for television programs many times in Japan.
He released 7 CDs with music by Balakirev, Scriabin, Medtner, and Kapustin including the world premiere recording of Kapustin's 6th Piano Concerto.
Nikolai Kapustin dedicated two compositions for solo piano(op.137 and op.138) to him.
Kawakami is known as one of Japan’s best interpreters of great Russian composers.
He not only gives recitals in famous halls such as Tokyo Bunkakaikan, Suntory Hall, Tokyo Opera City etc., but also numerous concerts including piano ensembles, chamber music, and performances with major orchestras in Japan and Europe.
He has edited more than 15 scholarly editions of piano works by Nicolai Medtner and Nicolai Kapustin.
Besides his busy schedule on the concert stage, he devotes considerable time to teaching at the Tokyo College of Music.
He has been regularly invited to the annual Music Festival Perugia in Italy since 2011.
He has been a professor to Nobuyuki Tsujii, the winner of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Concerto No 20 in D minor KV466
Concerto No 21 in C major KV467
Concerto No 23 in A major KV488
Concerto No 26 in D major KV537
Concerto No 3 in C minor Op.37
Concerto No 4 in G major Op.58
Concerto No 5 in E flat major Op.73 Emperor
Concerto No 1 in E minor Op.11
Concerto No 2 in F minor Op.21
Concerto in A minor Op.54
Concerto No 1 in D minor Op.15
Concerto in A minor
Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.18
Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.50
Concerto No.4 Op.56
Concerto No.6 Op.74