The Suntory Foundation for Arts has announced Yu Kosuge as recipient of the 48th Suntory Music Award for 2016, Japan’s most prestigious music award. The award is presented to individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan.

Past winners have included Mitsuko Uchida, Midori Goto, Seiji Ozawa, Kazushi Ono, Toru Takemitsu and Toshio Hosokawa.

As well as regular performances in Asia and with 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, Jun Märkl, Philippe Herreweghe, Rudolf Barschai, Alexander Dmitriev, Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Sakari Oramo, Christian Arming, Yutaka Sado, Osmo Vänskä, Vasili Petrenko and Dennis Russell Davies.