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Noriko Ogawa

Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records (“If you like your Debussy to sound like the musical equivalent of a chilled white wine, Noriko Ogawa is the pianist for you” Roger Vignoles, BBC Radio 3, CD Review), confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Noriko’s current recording project for BIS Records is solo piano music by Eric Satie, which is receiving high praise from the likes of Classic FM, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.

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Noriko Ogawa

Noriko appears with all the major European, Japanese and US orchestras. Recent and forthcoming performances include appearances with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Richard Dubugnon’s Piano Concerto. As an advocate of commissioning, Noriko has been involved in numerous premieres including works by Richard Dubugnon, Takemitsu, Graham Fitkin and Dai Fujikura. Noriko is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician, collaborating with artists such as Michael Collins, Steven Isserlis, Martin Roscoe, and Peter Donohoe.

As a presenter and adjudicator, she regularly judges international competitions such as the Leeds International Piano Competition, the BBC Young Musician, and has also been appointed as Chairperson of the Jury for Japan’s prestigious 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018. In 2018, she was also elected to the board of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. In addition to her busy concert and competition schedule, Noriko is also a teacher and is a Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Noriko founded Jamie’s Concerts, a series for the carers of autistic children, and is a Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

Noriko Ogawa is part of the PIANALE Professor Team since 2019.

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