Chopin / Liszt: Solo Piano

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FREDERIC CHOPIN / FRANZ LISZT
Chopin / Liszt: Solo Piano
Aimi Kobayashi (piano)

[ Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 23 March 2018

Aimi Kobayashi is a leading young Japanese pianist, one of the ten finalists at the Chopin Competition in 2015. Born in Yamaguchi, Japan, on 23 September 1995, Aimi began her piano studies aged three, and made her first appearance with orchestra at the age of seven, followed by her international debut two years later.

Since then, Aimi has appeared at the Carnegie Hall in New York no less than four times. Her international career continues to flourish: she was invited by various venues in Moscow, Poland and Brazil, amongst others. She has amazed audiences with her performances with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen, as well as the Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov. She has performed in Poland several times, including at the International Music Festival "Chopin and his Europe", and in concerto programmes by numerous Polish orchestras.

She has performed with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyogo Pac Orchestra, and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and received high acclaim for her recitals in Japan, including at the Suntory Hall.

"Aimi Kobayashi was one of ten finalists in the 2015 Chopin Competition. She plays Chopin and Liszt with sure-fire technique and musical sensitivity." BBC Music

"Her articulation is powerful and super-clear, in the way more or less de rigueur for artists who get that far. Not only that, but her rubato and profiling of dynamics capture something of the inner agitation that prompted Schumann's image of Chopin having yoked together his 'four maddest children'…Kobayashi knows how to rivet the attention through fine-drawn line and hushed dynamics as much as through vivid gesture and brute force." Gramophone

Tracks:

Chopin:
Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor op 35

Liszt:
3 Sonetti di Petrarca
Apres une lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)
Liebestraum No 3

Aimi Kobayashi 4 years old plays Clementi Sonatina op 36