“A major figure of young contemporary piano” – Alain Cochard
Kotaro Fukuma, winner of the Twelfth Anniversary International Cleveland Awards, performs on many of the most prestigious stages: at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, at Wigmore Hall in London, at the Philharmonie and at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Salle Olivier Messiaen in Paris, the Grand Auditorium National in Madrid, Victoria Hall in Geneva, and Japan (Suntory Hall and Opera City in Tokyo).
Chopin Prize in Japan in 2013, he made the same year, his debut at the Theater of Santiago de Chile in the series of recitals “Grandes Pianistas” where he replaces Hélène Grimaud.
Kotaro Fukuma also plays with leading orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Île de France National Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck of Burgos, Hannu Lintu, François-Xavier Roth, Jahja Ling, Yury Simonov and Kazuki Yamada.
During the 2015-2015 season, he gave many concerts in France, including Salle Gaveau in Paris, at the festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton, Sully sur Loire, Chopin, at the Lille Piano (s) Festival with the Lille National Orchestra and, during the 2015-2016 season, will be performing at the Festival Piano aux Jacobins, with the Orchester de Bretagne, in Grenoble, at Musicales de Croissy, and with Insula Orchestra under the direction of Laurence Equilbey .
Passionate about contemporary music, Kotaro Fukuma has premiered in national or world premieres works by Toru Takemitsu, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Thierry Escaich, …
His recordings (eight to date including Takemitsu, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Albeniz) have been hailed by critics; the latest – published by Hortus – are devoted to Russian music (“Dumka”, September 2014) and Chopin (“Around ballads”, April 2015).
A pupil of Bruno Rigutto and Marie-Françoise Bucquet at CNSMD in Paris, then Klaus Hellwig in Berlin, Kotaro Fukuma also studied at the Academy of Lake Como. He has also benefited from the advice of illustrious masters such as Leon Fleisher, Alicia de Larrocha, Maria Joao Pires and Aldo Ciccolini, to name but a few.
He lives in Berlin (and speaks six languages including French).