Yu Kosuge

Yu Kosuge

‘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

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Photo: Marco Borggreve


Yu Kosuge has become one of the world’s most noted young pianists. She appears at the most important venues in Europe, North America and further afield. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her “acutely poetic sensibility…wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism”. 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. She has also been invited to numerous festivals for recitals and chamber performances.


Full Biography

With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch, and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu Kosuge continues to develop a distinguished international career as a concert pianist. Yu 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 received great support and inspiration from András Schiff.

Yu Kosuge has appeared at leading venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Washington and New York. She has performed at festivals across Europe including Salzburger Festspiele, 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 enjoys chamber music and has performed with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Yu Kosuge regularly performs with all the major Japanese orchestras, and with many 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, Radio Symphony Orchestra Finland, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with conductors including 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.

This season Yu Kosuge makes her debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jonathan Nott, performing Dai Fujikura’s 3rd Piano Concerto ‘Impulse’.

In September 2009 Sony released Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1 with the Mito Chamber Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa with a selection from Songs Without Words. Yu Kosuge’s other recordings on Sony include Liszt’s 12 Études d´exécution transcendante, Chopin’s Préludes and Nocturne, and Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos 20 and 22. In 2015 Yu Kosuge completed recording all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, which were released as a box set in the autumn of 2016. In November 2018 Orchid Classics released ‘Water’, the first CD in her ‘Four Elements’ cycle. The second volume, ‘Fire’, will be released this season.

In March 2017 Yu Kosuge won the Suntory Music Award, presented to individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan.

Yu Kosuge lives in Berlin.

Artist Website: www.yu-kosuge.com

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Laurens Price-Nowak



Kosuge plays Lindberg and Grieg in Germany

January 15th, 2020

Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and conductor Mario Venzago

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Four Elements: Fire

November 1st, 2019

Yu Kosuge releases the second disc in her CD cycle on Orchid Classics.

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Debut for Yu Kosuge

May 8th, 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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Debuts for Liebreich & Kosuge

March 19th, 2019

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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Debuts for Goodwin & Kosuge

January 24th, 2019

Concerts in Warsaw

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Discography & Repertoire



Fantasies by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert and Rachmaninow

SONY BMG 88697062722


Two CD set live from Carnegie Hall including Bach/Busoni, Haydn, Beethoven, Takemitsu (Rain Tree Sketch 1), Schumann (Davidsbündlertänze) and several encores (Granados, Liszt, Chopin)

SONY BMG 88697029822


Piano NEWS 05/2006 ” …the most inspiring and high-quality musical performance in a long time.” Interpretation: 6 out of 6 points Sound: 6 out of 6 points”

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Artist Manager

Peter Railton (London)
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Chloe Stowers-Veitch (London)
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Assistant Artist Manager

Laurens Price-Nowak (London)
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