Noriko Ogawa

 

(Ogawa Noriko, 小川典子)

Japanese Pianist

 

Born in Japan

Noriko Ogawa  is a classical pianist who launched her international career since being awarded third prize in the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition.

NORIKO OGAWA (piano) was awarded third prize in the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition and has since achieved considerable renown in Europe, America and in her native Japan where she is a national celebrity.

In 1999 Noriko Ogawa was awarded the Japanese Ministry of Education's Art Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cultural profile of Japan throughout the world and she has just been awarded the Okura Prize for her outstanding contribution to music in Japan. In 2004 she was appointed as one of the advisors for a new concert hall in her hometown in Japan, the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall.

Here she remains much in demand, appearing at major arts festivals, performing regularly with the major orchestras and making regular radio and television broadcasts for both NHK and Nippon television.

Following her success at Leeds, Ogawa gained a devoted following. Ogawa records regularly for the BBC as recitalist and soloist, gives chamber recitals and appears with all the major UK, European, Japanese and US orchestras.

           

Amongst the leading conductors she has worked with are Charles Dutoit, Hans Vonk, Alexander Lazarev, Libor Pesek, Leonard Slatkin, Vernon Handley, Tadaaki Otaka, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Kasper de Roo and Günther Herbig. Ogawa is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician; concerts have taken her all over the world and included a tour of Japan with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble and the leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, Rainer Honeck. 2001 saw the launch of her piano duo with renowned pianist Kathryn Stott, with whom she recently completed a highly successful Japanese tour. Ogawa also collaborates with Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Roscoe and Michael Collins. Noriko has recently completed a chamber tour in Japan with Evelyn Glennie which saw the premier of an exciting new work for two pianos and percussion, commissioned by Noriko from Yoshihiro Kanno.

Recent and forthcoming concerts include performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Odense Symphoniorkester, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Sapporo Symphony and recitals in Japan (including a performance in Suntory Hall), Kenya and Europe. Ogawa made her debut with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä in January 2007 in a series of concerts which were met with great critical acclaim. In November 2007, Noriko makes her debut with the Orchestre National de Lille. Plans also include a solo tour of Australia and a concerto collaboration with upcoming composer Dai Fujikura.

Ogawa regularly adjudicates the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition; this year she also adjudicates the first Manchester International Piano Competition, the Scottish International Piano Competition and a new competition being promoted by Yamaha and Pianist magazine.

Since 1997 Noriko Ogawa has been an exclusive recording artist for BIS Records. Her recordings include works by Japanese composers, including Takemitsu's 'Riverrun' (awarded Editor's Choice in the January edition of Gramophone Magazine), Rachmaninov Second and Third Piano Concertos, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, (selected as the Critics' Choice 1998 by BBC Music Magazine). Ogawa has also released the remaining concertos of Rachmaninov, and discs of music by Tcherepnin and Saint-Saens. Future and recent releases include Grieg Piano Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and the first recording with her duo partner Kathryn Stott featuring music by Delius.

Ogawa's latest series for BIS is the complete solo works for piano by Debussy of which volumes one and two have been met with critical acclaim the world over, the latter winning Editor's Choice in the March 2003 edition of Gramophone Magazine. The recently released third volume has been met with equal admiration from critics, further establishing her profile as a Debussy expert and winning Editor's Choice in the January 2006 edition of Gramophone Magazine. Ogawa's first Debussy album was included in an exclusive series representing the 30th anniversary of BIS.

Noriko Ogawa's Official Website: http://www.norikoogawa.com

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