One of Japan’s hottest exports performs lunchtime recital

Published: 19 October 2007 at 11:53

The internationally renowned pianist Noriko Ogawa will visit Cambridge to give a solo lunchtime recital at Anglia Ruskin University's Mumford Theatre on Friday 23 November (at 1.10pm).

An outstanding and contemporary performer, she records regularly for the BBC as recitalist and soloist, gives chamber recitals and appears with the major UK orchestras, including The Philharmonia, Halle Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic. This is just one of just a handful of UK dates planned for 2007.

Noriko Ogawa is a national celebrity in her native Japan and she has built up considerable acclaim in Europe and America, making her mark in the UK when she was awarded third prize in the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Ogawa's latest series for her record company BIS Records is the complete solo works for piano by Debussy of which volumes one and two have been met with critical acclaim the world over, the latter winning Editor's Choice in the March 2003 edition of Gramophone Magazine. The recently released third volume has been met with equal admiration from critics, further establishing her profile as a Debussy expert and winning Editor's Choice in the January 2006 edition of Gramophone.

She will be performing Debussy’s Twelve Etudes in Cambridge at the lunchtime event which is one in the current Autumn series.

Paul Jackson, Head of Music and Performing Arts at Anglia Ruskin University commented:

“Noriko Ogawa is a truly distinguished world-class pianist and we feel extremely proud to have her performing as part of our lunchtime concert series.”

Recent and forthcoming concerts include performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Odense Symphoniorkester, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Sapporo Symphony and recitals in Japan (including a performance in Suntory Hall), Kenya and Europe. In November 2007, she makes her debut with the Orchestre National de Lille. Plans also include a solo tour of Australia and a concerto collaboration with upcoming composer Dai Fujikura.

Ogawa regularly adjudicates the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition; this year she also adjudicates the first Manchester International Piano Competition, the Scottish International Piano Competition and a new competition being promoted by Yamaha and Pianist magazine.

Since 1997 Noriko Ogawa has been an exclusive recording artist for BIS Records. Her recordings include works by Japanese composers, including Takemitsu's 'Riverrun' (awarded Editor's Choice in the January edition of Gramophone Magazine), Rachmaninov Second and Third Piano Concertos.

Admission to the lunchtime recital is free.

Up and coming events include The Epstein Trio and The Anglia Jazz Orchestra (7 December).