Credit - Marco Borggreve
Credit – Marco Borggreve

Hazard Chase is delighted announce the signing of the Japanese pianist, Yu Kosuge, for General Management.

With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu has become one of the world’s most noted young pianists.

Yu Kosuge has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood. 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 Hannover and Salzburg and in recent years has received great support and inspiration from András Schiff. She is currently living in Munich.

Yu Kosuge appears at the most important venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her “acutely poetic sensibility…wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism”. Recent highlights include performing at the Salzburg Festival with Philippe Herreweghe and Camerata Salzburg, performances in La Roque d’Anthéron with Jacek Kaspszyk/Sinfonia Varsovia, the Japanese premiere of Tan Dun’s Piano Concerto ‘Fire’ with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in Japan and a tour with the NDR Hannover Radio SO under Eiji Oue.

In September 2009 Sony released Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with Mito Chamber Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa and selections from Songs Without Words. This is her 10th CD, since her first disc featuring the Chopin Études (accorded a five-star rating by Fono Forum Magazine). Yu Kosuge is in the process of recording the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. A project that is nearing completion.

“Kosuge’s interpretation of Chopin’s 12 Etudes, Op. 10, was equal parts emotional and cerebral, and blissfully void of the exaggerated rubato and affectation that often burden the pieces. Fleeting moments of crystalline textures and pastoral hues gave way to the bold, tempestuous waves that Kosuge created so naturally at the keyboard.”                                                                                                                                                                                           The Washington Post