Kotaro Fukuma

“A fabulous artist… and a prince among peers.” – The Independent

Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma took his first piano lessons at the age of five. After winning both First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the International Piano Competition in Cleveland, Kotaro Fukuma embarked on an international concert career across the globe. He has performed at major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Salle Gaveau, Victoria Hall in Geneva, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Kotaro Fukuma has appeared with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Moscow and Israel Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Tonkünstler Orchestra and NHK’s Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev, Yuri Simonov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Asher Fisch, Hannu Lintu, François-Xavier Roth, Mihhail Gerts, and Kazuki Yamada.

His recordings for the Naxos, Accustika, Éditions Hortus, L’Esprit du Piano, DENON, and Orpheus Music labels have received critical acclaim. – Kotaro Fukuma currently lives in Berlin.