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Photograph taken by Marco Borggreve.

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.


Mendelssohn: From Songs Without Words:

Op.30 No.6 in F sharp minor (Venetian Gondola Song No.2)

Op.62 No.5 in A minor (Venetian Gondola Song No.3)

Op.19 No.6 in G minor (Venetian Gondola Song No.1)

Janacek: In the mists

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 31-2 “Tempest”


Debussy: from Preludes I

No.2 "Voiles"

No.3 "Le vent dans la plaine"

No.4 "Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir"

No.7 "Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest"

No.10 "La Cathédrale engloutie"

Ravel: Jeux d’eau

Liszt: Les jeux d’eau a la Villa d’Este from “Années de pèlerinage III” S.163-4 8.02

Wagner (transcribed Liszt): Isoldes Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde”