Yu Kosuge
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With her superior technique, her sensitivity to touch and her deep understanding of the music she plays, Yu Kosuge has become one of the most famous pianists of her generation worldwide. Since childhood, Yu has been giving concerts and performing with orchestras; 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 Hanover and Salzburg and received great support and inspiration from András Schiff.

Yu Kosuge has performed at leading venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. Her debut recital at Carnegie Hall was highly acclaimed by critics, who described her "acutely poetic sensibility... wit, drama and radiant poetry". She has been invited to festivals throughout Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Passau, Braunschweig, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Holland Music Festival, Piano Festival Lille, La Roque d'Anthéron Piano Festival and La Folle Journée de Nantes. She also loves chamber music and has performed with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

In addition to regular appearances in Asia and with all major Japanese orchestras, Yu Kosuge has worked with many of the leading European orchestras, including the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Radio Symphony Orchestra Finland. She has played under conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Jun Märkl, Philippe Herreweghe, Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Sakari Oramo, Christian Arming, Yutaka Sado, Mark Wigglesworth, Osmo Vänskä, Vasili Petrenko and Dennis Russell Davies.

Yu Kosug's upcoming debuts include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka, where she will perform Dai Fujikura's Third Piano Concerto "Impulse" and Grieg's Piano Concerto.

In September 2009 Sony released Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Mito Chamber Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa with a selection of Songs Without Words. Further recordings by Yu Kosuge for Sony include Liszt's 12 Études d'exécution transcendante, Chopin's Préludes and Nocturne and Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 20 and 22.
In 2016 Yu Kosuge's recording of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas was released by Sony. In autumn 2018 Orchid Classics released the first of four CDs, 'Water', as part of their 'Four Elements' cycle. The second volume, 'Fire', is released this season, while the third volume, 'Wind', will be performed in recitals throughout the season.

In March 2017 Yu Kosuge received the Suntory Music Award, which is given to individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan.

Yu Kosuge lives in Berlin.

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