About the artist and recital:
“A fabulous artist… and a prince among peers” – The Independent
Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma has displayed limitless potential, clinching prestigious awards in international competitions. His career flourished after winning the First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the 15th Cleveland International Piano Competition at the age of 20.
Currently, he tours five continents, including Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America.
Since Kotaro studied music in France and has mentors like Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Maria Joao Pires, he presents highly refined music. Kotaro performs in major concert venues, and works with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors. Furthermore, he has released eighteen commercial CDs (several released by renowned labels like Naxos) and often appears in music magazines like Gramophone.
Kotaro Fukuma’s debut recital presents piano transcriptions and pieces from the Baroque period to the 20th century. Join him in exploring your most beloved classical repertoire while savouring the refreshing melodies produced by the C.Bechstein piano. Then, delve deep into Kotaro’s world of impressionistic French music as he paints images through different colours and textures to give audiences a captivating listening experience.
Like a mesmerising prince, Kotaro will touch your soul with his outstanding musicality, paired with the pure C. Bechstein sound. Strap in for a splendid evening of serenade music that inspires and leaves an unforgettable impression, at least for some time.
J.S.BACH : Air on the G string (transcription by Siloti)
MOZART: Eine kleine Nachtmusik (transcription by Fukuma)
CLARA SCHUMANN: Notturno Op.6 No.2
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Des Abends, In der Nacht, Traumes Wirren (extracts from Fantasiestücke Op.12) ,Träumerei (Rêverie, extracts from Scènes d'enfants)
GRÜNFELD: Soirée de Vienne (Concert Paraphrase on Johann Strauss’ waltzes)
CHOPIN: Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2 & Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
FAURÉ: Nocturne No.5 in B-flat Major, Op.37
DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune (extracts from Suite Bergamasque)
RAVEL: Ondine (extracts from Gaspard de la Nuit)
SAINT SAËNS: Danse macabre Op. 40 (transcription by Liszt)
(Programme subject to change at the artist’s discretion)
Several of Kotaro Fukuma’s performance can be found here:
Beethoven : "Appassionata" Sonata No.2:
Ludkevych : Album Leaf & Lysenko : Elegy:
Beethoven - Liszt : An die ferne Geliebte:
The layout below is not drawn to scale and is subject to change.