With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch (her pianissimo has been likened to «the moment when the tip of an angel’s wing touches one’s cheek») and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu Kosuge has become one of the world’s most noted young pianists.
Yu Kosuge appears at the most important venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Koln, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, 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».
Amongst numerous awards, she has received the 13th Nippon Steel Music Award 2002, the Washington Award 2004 in the USA, the New Generation Prize of the German Radio, and the 17th Idemitsu Music Award 2007. Since 2003, Yu Kosuge has recorded exclusively on the Sony label.
An emergent star, no question
Technically secure and thrillingly passionate
Since taking First Prize at the 1999 Paganini Competition – the first Japanese and youngest artist ever to do so – Sayaka Shoji has performed with the world's leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Antonio Pappano; alongside orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Staatsorchester, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Bamberger Symphoniker.
Sayaka appears regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician alongside colleagues such as Vadim Repin, Lang Lang, Itamar Golan, Yefim Bronfman, Gianluca Cascioli and Steven Isserlis. Sayaka Shoji became the only foreign soloist, along with violinist Vadim Repin and Gidon Kremer to participate in a grand gala concert of Yuri Temirkanov in St. Petersburg in 2008.
Sayaka performs on the 1729 Elman Stradivarius.
Sayaka Shoji and Yu Kosuge acquainted from their childhood, they give a lot of solo gigs, but perform chamber music together.