NORIKO KAWAI studied at the Royal College of Music, London, where she is currently a Professor of Piano, and the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has given many recitals and broadcasts throughout the world and is well known for the extraordinary range of her repertoire from Renaissance composers to new music, and innovative programmes juxtaposing standard and contemporary works.
Kawai has recently performed at festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Huddersfield, Macerata, Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels, Venice, Berlin and Valencia. She has given duo recitals with the violinist Irvine Arditti and concerts with the Leopold String Trio, the Arditti Quartet and the Quatuor Diotima.
For the NMC label Kawai has recorded works by Gerald Barry, and more recently James Dillon’s The Book of Elements Volumes I–V. The latter received unanimous critical acclaim including ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone (Sep 04). Kawai’s earlier Skryabin recital CD from Live Notes, Japan, was also hailed as a major artistic achievement (“…rivalling the greats of the so-called Golden Age… one of the great Skryabin recitals on disc”).
On 10 August 2006, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov, she gave the world première of Dillon’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. A second performance took place at the City Halls Glasgow on 23 September.
Appearances during the 2006/07 season include solo recitals in Spain, Japan and Italy, duo recitals with cellist Rohan de Saram in Holland, and a performance of Helmut Lachenmann’s piano concerto at the Royal College of Music (November 06).
EVENTS in 2007
with Noriko Kawai