Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Concert Review in Aubergenville

A concert review from Aubergenville

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Islamey by Balakirev played on Dutch national radio station


My Dumka album was presented in a radio program in the Dutch national station NPO Radio 4. They played :

http://www.radio4.nl/gids/2014-12-13/261510/podium

18:15Balakirev, MilyIslameyFukuma, Kotaro [piano]Editions Hortus115

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A review of the Dumka album in a Web magazine in Luxembourg

GROSSARTIGE NUANCIERUNGSKUNST

... Gewiss, seine phänomenale Virtuosität ist allein schon ein Genuss, aber Balakirevs ‘Islamey’, Mussorgskys ‘Bilder einer Ausstellung’, Tchaikovskys ‘Dumka’ und Stravinskys ‘L’Oiseau de feu’ gewinnen vor allem durch die Finesse des Ausdruckspotenzials.

http://www.pizzicato.lu/aus-dem-notizbuch-eines-rezensenten-cd-kurzkritiken-von-remy-franck-folge-49/

Friday, December 5, 2014

Interview in Absolute skating about Ice Legends

I was interviewed in the figure skate web magazine!
Two weeks till the show in Geneva!

"The story of "Ice Legends" is a story of friendship, so it's no wonder that Stéphane decided to invite his close friends to be cast members. Among them Kotaro Fukuma, talented young pianist from Tokyo. "We met at the Narita airport, Tokyo, in July 2013. As I was a big fan of Stéphane, when I saw him by chance I couldn't help but talk to him. We kept in touch by email, and I invited him to my concert in Geneva Victoria Hall last January," Kotaro recalls..."

http://www.absoluteskating.com/index.php?cat=articles&id=2014icelegendspromo

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kotaro Fukuma at Wigmore Hall : An excellent review of Kotaro's recital by Robert Matthew-Walker@Classical source !

" Fukuma may appear to be just one of a number of very gifted pianists from south-east Asia, but even amongst such a plethora of excellence as can be claimed for many of them, his comprehensively superb artistry places him in the exceptional class."

http://www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_concert_review.php?id=12478

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ice Legends

I'm EXTREMELY excited and pleased to announce that I will play as the guest artist and collaborate with some star figure skaters in an ice show in Geneva, presented by my friend & favorite figure skater, Stéphane Lambiel!

Here is the detail:


Stéphane Lambiel presents
《 Ice Legends 》

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 19:30
At the Patinoire de Vernet,  Geneva

Featuring skaters:
Stéphane Lambiel (2 times world champion & medalist at Olympics)
Miki Ando (2 times world champion )
Carolina Kostner (world champion & medalist at Olympics)
Denis Ten (medalist at Olympics & world championship)
Akiko Suzuki (medalist at world championship)
Nobunari Oda (Four continents champion)
Sarah Meier (Europa champion)
Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (Olympics & world champion)
Nathalie Péchalat & Fabian Bourzat (medalist at world championship)
& some young prodigies of Switzerland & Japan

Guest artist:
Kotaro Fukuma (piano)

Program:
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
Gershwin : 3 Preludes
Chopin : Valse Op.64-2
Debussy : Clair de Lune
Mizokami : Berceuse
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.23-5

Official site:
http://icelegends.com/

To be honest, figure skate has been my favorite sport since childhood, and I used to go to the ice link and learn the basics. But I had to stop it around the age of 12 because I became more serious about playing piano. So it was my dream to collaborate with figure skaters!

This show is supposed to happen only once on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relation between Switzerland and Japan, so I hope you can come and attend this spectacle. (I suggest you take the Swiss to travel to the Geneva airport, as they are sponsoring the project ;))

See you maybe there!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New album 《 Dumka 》

I'm pleased to announce that my new album 《 Dumka 》 has been released by Éditions Hortus in France!
It features some great Russian repertoire, contrasting each work, and I recorded them in February in Cognac while the Sochi Olympics games.

Programme:
Moussorgski Tableaux d'une exposition
Glinka : L'Alouette
Balakirev : Islamey
Tchaikovski : Dumka
Stravinski : L'oiseau de feu (transcription by G.Agosti)

More details:  Hortus page

Along with the release of the album, we made a couple of PR videos.
1. CD trailer (in French with English subtitles), filmed in Bordeaux
This is my first PR video for which I was involved with editing as well (so much FUN!).



2. Interview video (in English), filmed in Berlin.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5cySK153Ij0

I would like to thank all the people who supported this project!

Un grand merci à l'équipe des Éditions Hortus,  Gilles Bruneau (manager de production), Anne de Fornel (direction artistique), Gérard Fauvin (accordeur), Roger Lenoir (ingénieur du son), Stéphane Delavoye (photographe et producteur de cette vidéo), Hélène Segré (attachée de presse) et tous ceux qui ont soutenu ce projet!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Concerts 2014

January 17th - Yokohama
 PHILIA HALL
Schumann : Träumerei
Schumann : Piano Quartet
Miyoshi : Sonata for Flute, Cello and Piano
  
January 17th - Yokohama
 PHILIA HALL
Schumann : Piano Concerto Op.54
with Yokohama Sinfonietta & Kazuki Yamada
    
January 19th - Kokubunji
 IZUMI HALL
Mozart : Variations "Ah, vous dirais-je maman" kv.265
Chopin : Fantaisie Impromptu, Ballade No.1
Satie-Fukuma : Je te veux
Schultz Evler : Concert Arabesques on "The Beautiful Blue Danube"
Mussorgski : Bilder einer Ausstellung
   
January 23rd - Neuilly
 THÉÂTRE DES SABLONS
Mozart : Piano Concerto No.20 
with L'Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle Europe & Nicolas Krauze
     
January 30th - Genève
 VICTORIA HALL
Classiques Alternances
dans le cadre du 150ème anniversaire diplomatique entre Suisse et Japon
Takemitsu : A Bird Came Down the Walk
Glinka-Balakirev : L'Alouette
Stravinsky - Agosti : L'oiseau de feu
Brahms : Zwei Gesänge für Stimme, Bratsche und Klavier
Dvorak : Piano Quintet Op.81
with Nobuko Imai, Nathalie Stutzmann,
Michelangelo String Quartet
        
February 21 - Berlin
 BERLINER RATHAUS SENATSKANZLEI
T.Hosokawa : Wiegenlied von Itsuki (2011)
R.Strauss : Violinsonate Op. 18
Duo with Sayako Kusaka

March 4th - Tokyo
 TSUDA HALL
Joyful Music
Schumann : Novellette No.1
J.S.Bach : WTC book I No.4
Brahms : Symphony No.1 Finale (4 hands)*
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Stravinsky : Petroushka (4 hands)* etc.
* joint recital with Boris Giltburg
      
March 18th - Osaka
 THE SYMPHONY HALL
Hermann Goetz : Piano Concerto No.2
with Osaka Symphony Orchestra & Hiroshi Kodama
     
March 28th - Limoges
 THÉÂTRE DE L`UNION
« Kokorico »
Rameau : Le Rappel des Oiseaux,
           Gavotte et doubles de la gavotte
Bizet : Chants du Rhin
Ravel : Oiseaux tristes, Alborada del gracioso
Poulenc : Humoresque, Hommage à Edith Piaf,
                Novelette n°1
Satie - Fukuma : Je te veux
Debussy : Images Livre I, L’Isle Joyeuse
   
March 30th - Toulouse
 L`ORANGERIE DE ROCHEMONTÈS
Rameau : Le Rappel des oiseaux
Bizet : Chants du Rhin
Aymé Kunc : Pièce pour alto et piano*
Thierry Huillet : 5 Haiku pour alto et piano* 
Debussy : Images livre I
Albéniz : Malaga
Ravel : Oiseaux tristes, Alborada del gracioso 
*Duo avec Clara Cernat
  
April 23rd - Berlin
 SALON CHRISTOPHORI
"Erinnerungen an Vögel und an Wasser"
Rameau : Le rappel des Oiseaux 
Bizet : Bilder vom Rhein 
Granados : Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruisenor
Schultz-Evler : Concert Arabesque on the theme of
       "The Beautiful Blue Danube" by J.Strauss 
Ravel : Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l'océan
Debussy : L'Isle joyeuse 
Liszt : Zwei Legende

April 29th - Chamonix
 LE MAJESTIC
Printemps Musical
"Hommage aux Oiseaux et l'Eau"
Rameau : Le rappel des oiseaux 
Bizet : Chants du Rhin 
Granados : Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruisenor 
Schultz-Evler : Concert Arabesques sur le thème
          "le Beau Danube Bleu" de J.Strauss
Ravel : Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l'océan
Debussy : L'Isle joyeuse 
Liszt : Deux Legendes

April 30th - Cluses
 THÉÂTRE DES ALLOBROGES
"Scintillement de l'eau" 
Bizet : Aurore, Le Départ (extraits de Chants du Rhin)
Schubert - Liszt : Liebesbotschaft, Die Forelle, 
             Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Mendelssohn : Chanson de gondelier vénitienne 
Chopin : Barcarolle Op.60
Schultz-Evler : "Concert Arabesques sur le thème du
          "le Beau Danube Bleu" de J.Strauss
Debussy : Reflets dans l'eau, Clair de Lune,
            L'Isle joyeuse 
Liszt : Rêve d'amour no.3, La Campanella,
           St.Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots

May 15th - Miami
 COLONY THEATER
"Homage to Birds and Shimmering Water"
Rameau : Le rappel des oiseaux 
Bizet : Chants du Rhin 
Granados : Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruisenor 
Schultz-Evler : Concert Arabesques on the theme 
          "The Beautiful Blue Danube" by J.Strauss
Ravel : Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l'océan
Debussy : L'Isle joyeuse 
Liszt : Deux Legendes 

June 6th - Tokorozawa
 MUSE TOKOROZAWA
Rameau : Le Rappel des oiseaux
Bizet : Chants du Rhin 
Chopin : Barcarolle
Debussy : Hommage à Rameau
Poulenc : Hommage à Edith Piaff
Satie - Fukuma : Je te veux
Ravel : Une Barque sur l'océan,
              Alborada del Gracioso

June 11th - Tokyo
 YAMAHA HALL
"Homage to the 31 years old..."
Schubert : Impromptu D.935 No.3 "Rosamunde"
      Fantaisie D.940*
Beethoven : Sonata Op.31 No.2 "Tempest"
Chopin : Ballade No.3
Stravinsky : Sacré du Printemps*
* four hands with Yurino Izumi

July 15th - Geneva
 COUR DE L`HÔTEL DE VILLE
Minako Tokuyama : Musica Nara
Debussy : Images livre I
Chopin : Fantaisie Impromptu, Ballade No.1
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition

July 31st - Biarritz
 ESPACE BELLEVUE
Schumann : Piano Concerto Op.54
with Quatuor Arranoa & Marin Béa
   
August 1st - Erbalunga
 THÉÂTRE DE VERDURE
"Fantaisie russe"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 no.2
Tschaikovsky : Troika (extrait de Saisons), Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka-Balakirev : L'Alouette 
Balakirev : Islamey (Fantaisie orientale)
Moussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition
  
August 3rd - Richelieu
 DOM DE RICHELIEU
"Fantaisie russe"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 no.2
Tschaikovsky : Troika, Dumka
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka : L'Alouette (transcription par M.Balakirev)
Balakirev : Islamey (Fantaisie orientale)
Moussorgsky - Tableaux d'une exposition
   
August 7th - Lille
 CONSERVATOIRE DE LILLE
"Folklore et Transcriptions"
Tchaïkovsky/Rachmaninov : Berceuse, opus 16/1

August 15th - Bern
 HEUTSCHI PIANOS
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung
   
August 16th - Zurich
 SPIELMANN PIANOS
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung

August 26th - Cordoba
Teatro Del Libertador General San Martin
Fundacion Pro Arte Cordoba
"Sinfonica a dos pianos"
Prokofiev : Sinfony No.1 Op.25 "Classical"
(transcription by R.Terashima)
Debussy : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Ravel : La Valse
Rachmaninov : Simphonic Dances
*with Boris Giltburg

August 30th - Parana
Teatro 3 de Febrero
Asociación Mariano Moreno
"Sinfonica a dos pianos"
Prokofiev : Sinfony No.1 Op.25 "Classical"
(transcription by R.Terashima)
Debussy : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Ravel : La Valse
Rachmaninov : Simphonic Dances
*with Boris Giltburg

September 14th - Gehrden
 RATHAUS ZU GEHRDEN
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung

September 21st - Tilburg
 HET CENAKEL
Stichting Het Cenakel 
"Russische Fantasie durch Glockenläuten"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 No.2
Tchaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition

September 24th - Hamburg
 DESY
"Russische Fantasie durch Glockenläuten"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 No.2
Tchaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantasie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung
    
September 28th - Bremen
 CONTRESCARPE BREMEN
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung
   
October 1st - Paris
Autour du Piano
Tchaikovsky : Chants d'automne, Troika, 
      Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition

October 4th - Lahr
 PFLUGSAAL IM HAUS ZUM PFLUG
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung
   
October 5th - Offenburg
 SALMEN
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung
   
October 13th - Osaka
 IZUMI HALL
Kyodo Osaka
"Russische Fantasie durch Glockenläuten"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 No.2
Tchaikovsky : Troika, Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition
October 24th - Tokyo
 HAMARIKYU ASAHI HALL
"Russische Fantasie durch Glockenläuten"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 No.2
Tchaikovsky : Troika, Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition
     
October 25th - Ina
Ina Community Study Center
"Russische Fantasie durch Glockenläuten"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 No.2
Tchaikovsky : Troika, Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition

October 26th - Sagamiko
 SAGAMIKO KORYU BUNKA CENTER
"Russische Fantasie durch Glockenläuten"
Rachmaninov : Prélude Op.3 No.2
Tchaikovsky : Troika, Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Borodin : Au couvent, Nocturne
Balakirev : Islamey 
Mussorgsky : Tableaux d'une exposition
   
November 15th - Yokohama
 MINATO MIRAI HALL
Daquin : Le coucou
Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux
Glinka - Balakirev : L'Alouette
Schubert - Liszt : Horch, horch, die Lerche
Granados : Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor
Liszt : St.François d'Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux
Stravinsky - Agosti : L'oiseau de feu

November 27th - London
 WIGMORE HALL
Lisa Peacock Presents
Rameau : Gavotte et six doubles
Debussy : Images livre I
Tchaikovsky : Dumka
Glinka/Balakirev : The Lark 
Stravinsky/Agosti : The Firebird
     
November 30th - Meerbusch
 FORUM WASSERTURM
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung

December 11th - Berlin

Piano Salon Christophori
"Russische Fantasie"
Rachmaninoff : Prelude Op.3 No.2
Tschaikovsky : Dumka Op.59
Scriabin : Fantaisie Op.28
Glinka - Balakirev : The Lark
Balakirev : Islamey
Moussorgsky : Bilder einer Ausstellung

December 14th - Aubergenville
Rotary Club d'Aubergenville Seine Mauldre
J.S.Bach : Jésus que ma joie demeure, Partita No.2
Chopin : Nocturnes Op.27, Valses Op.64, Scherzo No.3
Tchaikovsky : Noël, Dumka
Rachmaninov : Préludes Op.3-2, Op.23-5
Stravinsky : L'oiseau de feu

(update : August 18th)

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Homage to Birds and Water"

Spring has come at last in Berlin! I'm happy to introduce my special program for this season. 

Program:  "Homage to Birds and Water"
Rameau: Le rappel des oiseaux
Bizet: Chants du Rhin
Granados: Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruisenor (from Goyescas)
Schultz-Evler: Concert Arabesques on Themes of “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” by J. Strauss
Ravel: Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l’océan (from Miroirs)
Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse
Liszt: Deux Legendes
(1.St Fransis of Assise ‘preaching to the birds, 2. St. Francis of Paula walking on the waves)

Concept:
This is an extension of my project "Shimmering water", in which I play various water music.
During the research of the works related to water, I heard "birds singing" in certain works in my imagination and also found an interesting fact that Liszt and Ravel wrote a bird piece and a water piece in one cycle. Indeed, many birds fly in the sky, but all need water for drinking or bathing in some kind of waterside. So they are related in reality and I thought it would be interesting to have those two themes in one program with various styles of music (from Baroque to 20th century, descriptive, lyrical, in waltz form, impressionistic, mystical).

Date:
April 23rd, Berlin, Piano Salon Christophori
April 29th, Chamonix, Le Majestic
May 15th, Miami, Colony Theater


And just by chance I found the following German poem, which fits perfectly for the concept of the program!

Nun säuseln linde
Aus Westen die Winde.
Schon rieseln die Quellen
Ins Tal hernieder.
Die Knospen schwellen.

Der Vögel Lieder
Erschallen wieder.
Schneeglöckchen läuten fern und nah:
Der Frühling ist da, der Frühling ist da!

- aus „Frühlingslied“, H. v. Fallersleben -


I wish you all a beautiful Spring!