Yu Kosuge
Yu Kosuge, Piano
Grand Prize

Yu Kosuge was born in Tokyo 1983 and has lived in Europe since 1993. She passed the entrance examinations for “highly talented children“ at Tokyo Music University at age four and began giving recitals and performing with orchestras at nine, leaving Japan at age ten to study with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover and later with András Schiff. Ms. Kosuge graduated last year from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, and her career has blossomed in recent years, primarily in Europe and Japan, where she gives 40 concerts a year and has received many awards.

Yu Kosuge was born in Tokyo 1983 and has lived in Europe since 1993. She passed the entrance examinations for “highly talented children“ at Tokyo Music University at age four and began giving recitals and performing with orchestras at nine, leaving Japan at age ten to study with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover and later with András Schiff. Ms. Kosuge graduated last year from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, and her career has blossomed in recent years, primarily in Europe and Japan, where she gives 40 concerts a year and has received many awards.

She has performed with, among others, Gerd Albrecht, Rudolf Barshai, Dennis Russel Davies, Alexander Dmitriev, Sakari Oramo, Yutaka Sado and Osmo Vänskä and has been a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, St. Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France Paris, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lille, Singapore Symphony and all major Japanese orchestras.

She was the “discovery” of the Kissinger Sommer Festival 2003 and appeared at Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwetzinger Mozartfest, Europäisches Klassik Festival Ruhr, Holland Music Festival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Piano Festival Lille and at the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron.

One key recognition was a five-star rating from respected German Magazine Fono Forum for her 1999 recording of Chopin Etudes – released when she was just 16 years old. She was also awarded the 13th Nippon Steel Music Award 2002 for the greatest international talents in Japan, the Deutschlandfunk Award 2004, and S&R Foundation’s 2003 Washington Award.

Ms. Kosuge has been a Sony BMG Masterworks recording artist (European and Japanese divisions) since 2003, and has released four recordings on that label: Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes; Chopin’s Preludes & Nocturne in C-sharp Minor; the Chopin Etudes album; and a CD featuring Liszt’s Rhapsodie Espagnole, Schubert’s Klavierstück d. 946, 1 & 2, and Rachmaninoff’s Six Moments Musicaux, op. 16 (the last two recordings were originally released on Germany’s RAM label & rereleased by Sony BMG Masterworks); a fifth album – with Lawrence Foster & the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg – will be released by Sony BMG Masterworks in 2006. Two previous recordings include a CD on the RAM label of Liszt’s Venezia e Napoli and Schumann’s Allegro, Op. 8 and Fantasie, Op. 17 as well as Esse In Anima: Concerto Works of Akira Nishimura on Japan’s Camerata label.

Akira Harada
Akira Harada, Violin

Mr. Harada began training at the age of 6 with Mr. Hiroaki Matsuno. Since winning acclaim in the “Premio Mozart Competition” as youngest technical skill performer, he has trained with the Julliard Pre-College School in New York with Ms. Dorothy Delay, Mr. Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Jascha Brodsky, Masao Kawasaki, Yoko Sato, Roland Daugareil, and Luz Leskowitz. He performs annually at the Aspen Music Festival and has performed recitals with Jörg Demus (pf) in Salzburg and Tokyo.

Mr. Harada began training at the age of 6 with Mr. Hiroaki Matsuno. Since winning acclaim in the “Premio Mozart Competition” as youngest technical skill performer, he has trained with the Julliard Pre-College School in New York with Ms. Dorothy Delay, Mr. Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Jascha Brodsky, Masao Kawasaki, Yoko Sato, Roland Daugareil, and Luz Leskowitz. He performs annually at the Aspen Music Festival and has performed recitals with Jörg Demus (pf) in Salzburg and Tokyo.