Photograph taken by Marco Borggreve
With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch, and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu Kosuge has become one of the world's most noted pianists of her generation. 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. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital met with outstanding success with critics praising her "acutely poetic sensibility...wit, drama, and effulgent lyricism”. She has been invited to 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.
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. She has performed with conductors of the stature of 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.
Yu Kosuge’s upcoming debuts include Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
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. Over the last few years, Yu Kosuge has been recording Beethoven's 32 Sonatas which she has recently completed. The box set was released in the autumn of 2016. In the autumn of 2018 Orchid Classics released the first of four CDs, ‘Wind,’ as part of her ‘Four Elements’ cycle.
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.
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.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”