Jury Vice-Chairperson, Piano Section
Born in Sapporo in 1949. He studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Master) with Jun Date and Toyoaki Matsuura. He was a finalist at the Music Competition of Japan in 1969, and received the Ataka Prize in 1971 and the Kreutzer Prize in 1973.
He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the Universität der Künste Berlin with Klaus Schilde between 1975 and 1979. He won the 2nd Grand Prize at the Concours International “Long – Thibaud – Ville de Paris” in 1977. He attended the lectures on Beethoven by Wilhelm Kempff in Positano, Italy in 1978.
He has given numerous concerts in Japan, China, Europe and other countries. Besides innumerable recitals, he performed as a soloist with the orchestras such as NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, the Kyushu Symphony, Berliner Sinfonie, Deutsche Bachsolisten and many others. He currently plays chamber music with some of the best-known musicians.
Between 1986 and 2005, he carried out a total of 27 stages of the “Katsumi Ueda Beethoven Series”. He played a wide variety of pieces at the series of recitals such as piano sonatas, variations, chamber music and Lieder. He began his concert series called “Katsumi Ueda Composer Series” in 2007.
He has served as a jury member of national and international music competitions including the International Piano Competition Köln, the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Geneva International Music Competition, and the Music Competition of Japan. He also taught master classes in Kanazawa, Japan, and Leipzig, Germany, etc.
He is currently Honorary Professor, Faculty of Music at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and is Principal, Tokyo Geidai Junior Academy. He is also Piano Faculty of Elizabeth University of Music.