MASAHIRO KAWAKAMI





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Masahiro KAWAKAMI
(PIANIST)

Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1965.
Masahiro Kawakami graduated from the Tokyo College of Music and completed his studies at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, Austria.
He has made many recordings for NHK-FM radio and television programs in Japan.
He has recorded 7 CDs. Among his recordings, Piano Sonata B-flat minor of Mily Balakirev, Sonata No.5 and Etudes Op.42 by Scriabin, 7 Piano Sonatas of Nikolai Medtner, and numerous piano solo works and chamber music works by Nikolai Kapustin.
One of his biggest achievements is the performance of Kapustin's 3rd Piano Concerto Op.48 as the World premiere in Tokyo, 2016. Also he performed his 6th Piano Concerto in 2013 and performed many more unknown works by Kapustin. Nikolai Kapustin dedicated the two compositions, op.137 and op.138 to him.

He not only gives recitals regularly at prestigious halls in Japan such as Suntory Hall, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Kioi Hall etc., but also gives numerous concerts including piano ensembles, chamber musics, and performances with major orchestras in Japan and Europe.

He has edited more than 20 scholarly editions of piano works by Nikolai Medtner and Nikolai Kapustin for Zen-on(Japanese publishing Company), and he has been working for Schott Music since May 2017 as a reliable proofreader for Kapustin’s music.

He has been teaching Nobuyuki Tsujii for almost 20 years, one of Japan's most gifted pianist, and the winner of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Besides his busy schedule on the concert stage, he devotes considerable time to teaching at the Tokyo College of Music.
He is a faculty member of many music festivals including Musicfest Perugia, Italy, and Dryad Piano Academy in Hamamatsu Japan.

In 2017 he started a new CD recording project of Kapustin Complete Piano Works.


Concerto Repertoire


MOZART
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

BEETHOVEN
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

CHOPIN
Concerto No 1 in E minor Op.11
Concerto No 2 in F minor Op.21

SCHUMANN
Concerto in A minor Op.54

BRAHMS
Concerto No 1 in D minor Op.15

GRIEG
Concerto in A minor

RACHMANINOV
Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.18

MEDTNER
Concerto No 2 in C minor Op.50

KAPUSTIN
Concerto No.3 Op.48
Concerto No.4 Op.56
Concerto No.6 Op.74


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