Piano

Yu Kosuge


With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch and profound understanding of the music she plays,Yu Kosuge has become one of the world’s most noted young pianists. She has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood. At the age of nine Yu made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra.  In 1993, she moved to Europe to pursue studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover and Salzburg and in recent years has received great support and inspiration from András Schiff.Yu Kosuge appears at the most important venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris,Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her “acutely poetic sensibility…wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism.”

Yu Kosuge makes her London debut at Wigmore Hall on 5 December

15 Nov 2013

Yu’s London debut could not be better earmarked than her upcoming lunchtime recital at the Wigmore Hall on 5 December.  Her recital will also feature the UK premiere of Nishimura’s ...

Yu Kosuge closes the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra 2012/13 season

24 May 2013

Yu Kosuge returns to the USA to perform in the closing concert of the VMO's 2012/13 season in an all Beethoven programme, playing his 3rd Piano Concerto to a sell-out audience at the birthplace of...

Yu Kosuge performs with Utah Symphony Orchestra

27 Apr 2013

Yu performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 to critical aclaim with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under the direction of a 'light handed' Thierry Fischer.

Yu Kosuge performs the last 8 Mozart Piano Concertos on tour with Camerata Salzburg

14 Oct 2012

Yu Kosuge performs the last 8 Mozart Piano Concertos on tour with Camerata Salzburg starting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg on 19 and 21 October, followed by a two week tour of Japan which includes...

Yu Kosuge makes her debut with Orchestre National de Lyon

02 Jun 2011

Yu Kosuge performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 under the baton of Jun Märkl in her debut with Orchestre National de Lyon. The concert took place at l’Auditorium de Lyon on 3 June and follows...

International Classical Artists is delighted to announce the signing for worldwide management of pianist Yu Kosuge

03 Dec 2010

Yu Kosuge has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since the age of nine. In 1993, she moved to Europe to pursue studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover and Salzburg and in...

Yu Kosuge performs in Japan and USA

04 Nov 2010

This month, after recitals in Japan, Yu Kosuge travels to Sacremento, USA to open the Sacramento State University Piano Series.  She will perform works by Beethoven and Takemitsu as well as...

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“First up on Friday was 30-year-old pianist Yu Kosuge, playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor — arguably among the top five concertos the prolific Mozart wrote for the instrument. Kosuge's performance was captivating. With her quiet but inviting interpretive voice, she showcased the sunshine and shadow that characterize so much of Mozart's work. In the second movement particularly, Kosuge's collaboration with the Utah Symphony woodwind section took on an intimate chamber-music quality, with the strings providing discreet and discerning support under Thierry Fischer's light-handed direction”

Salt Lake City Tribune - Apr 2013

“With less than half of the concert over, Japanese soloist Yu Kosuge’s performance in Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor had already provided the audience with intense excitement. What can easily become a romantic cliché tearjerker, Kosuge handled with lithe, lyrical tone. Both flanking moderato movements surged with inner power and came to life through the tension generated between soloist and the orchestra lead by conductor Michael Helmrath. Kosuge’s lyricism in the adagio movement was outstanding as well and was rewarded with prolonged applause from the full auditorium.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu has become one of the world’s most noted young pianists.

Yu Kosuge has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood. At the age of nine she made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra.  In 1993, she moved to Europe to continue her studies in Hannover and Salzburg, and in recent years has received great support and inspiration from Andras Schiff. 

Yu Kosuge has performed in cities including Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her “acutely poetic sensibility…wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism.”

Recent highlights include performing at the Salzburg Festival with Philippe Herreweghe and Camerata Salzburg, Orchestre National de Lyon with Jun Märkl, performances in La Roque d’Anthéron with Jacek Kaspszyk/Sinfonia Varsovia, the Japanese premiere of Tan Dun’s Piano Concerto ‘Fire’ with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer, USA tour with Thierry Fischer and Kioi Sinfonietta and a tour with the NDR Hannover Radio SO under Eiji Oue.

As well as regular performances with the Singapore Symphony and all the major Japanese orchestras, Yu Kosuge has worked with many of the leading European orchestras including the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Radio-Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, Camerata Salzburg, St Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Radio Symphony Orchestra Finland,. Yu Kosuge has performed with conductors of the stature of Seiji Ozawa, Philippe Herreweghe, Rudolf Barschai, Alexander Dmitriev, Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Sakari Oramo, Christian Arming, Yutaka Sado, Osmo Vänskä,  Vasily Petrenko and Dennis Russell Davies.

She has been invited to festivals in Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Passau, Braunschweig, Kissingen, at the Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Holland Music Festival, Piano Festival Lille, La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival and La Folle Journée de Nantes.

In addition to her busy concert schedule in Europe, Yu performs regularly in Japan, where her tours with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, Seiji Ozawa and the New Japan Philharmonic inspired rave reviews and great public acclaim.

In September 2009 Sony released Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto with Mito Chamber Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa and selections from Songs Without Words. This is her 10th CD, since her first disc featuring the Chopin Études (accorded a five-star rating by Fono Forum Magazine). Yu Kosuge’s other recordings on Sony include Liszt’s 12 Études d´exécution transcendante, Chopin’s Préludes and Nocturne, Mozart’s Piano Concertos, Fantasie and  Live at Carnegie Hall. Yu Kosuge’s is recording the 32 Beethoven Sonatas over the next few years. Most recently Sony released Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos 20 and 22 with Hansjorg Schellenberger conducting Camerata Salzburg.
Yu Kosuge lives in Munich.

March 2014