Wednesday, October 14, 2015

about the CD Order


Thank you for being interested in purchasing my CDs that are not available outside of Japan.

Sing to Water - 20 EUR
Smetana-Fukuma : The Moldau
Bizet : Chants du Rhin
Schulz Evler : Concert arabesque on themes of
"On the Beautiful Blue Danube"
Mendelssohn : Venetianisches Gondellied Op.30-6
Chopin : Barcarolle Op.60
Lyadov : Barcarolle Op.44
Schubert - Liszt: Liebesbotschaft,
Die Forelle, Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Sciarrino : Anamorfosi
Kaski : Night by the sea
Baines : The Lone Wreck
Saint-Saëns - Godowski : Le Cygne

Toppan Live - 15 EUR
Haydn : Sonata Hob.XVI 24
Schumann : Carnaval
Faure : Nocturnes No.1&2
Scriabin : Sonata No.3


Liszt : Ab Irato - 15 EUR
Grandes Etudes de Paganini
Trois Etudes de Concert
Etude de Perfectionnement
Zwei Konzertetüden
Rhapsodie espagnole
Liebestraum No.3


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02.) Indicate your name, the name of the addressee (if it's another person), the shipping address, any special request in your email.
03.) Then you will receive the order confirmation along with the payment information by email within a few days. 
04.) As soon as your payment is confirmed, the CD will be posted to the address indicated.
 
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Thank you for your comprehension.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autour des Ballades : "...un toucher de rêve ... du très beau Chopin"


http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/cd.php?ID_cd=3459

Après deux albums Albéniz et Debussy particulièrement remarqués, le pianiste japonais Kotaro Fukuma (né en 1982) s’attaque à Chopin. On retrouve ce toucher de rêve qui dévale les notes de l’Andante spianato avec charme et délicatesse, avant de donner à la Grande Polonaise brillante l’élégance et la variété de ton qu’elle requiert. De même, la Fantaisie-Impromptu (exécutée à partir de la partition autographe de 1835) brille de mille feux et bénéficie de dynamiques entraînantes. Si les Première et Deuxième Ballades se révèlent admirablement bien construites et toujours soucieuses d’équilibre et de mouvement – idéalement véhémentes dans le dénouement, sachant alterner la mise en valeur des voix secondaires et l’affirmation des thèmes principaux –, les Troisième et Quatrième Ballades mettent un peu plus de temps à faire admettre ce qui s’impose in fine: l’évidente maîtrise des ressorts de l’émotion chopinienne par l’ancien élève du Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris. Pour le reste, l’Etude en mi majeur conjugue classe et tenue. La Valse en la mineur et le Nocturne en do mineur ont également de la tenue, mais aussi... un brin de monotonie. Le Nocturne en fa majeur est, en revanche, frappé du sceau de la grâce. Du très beau Chopin.
Gilles d’Heyres 
07/20/2015«Autour des Ballades»Frédéric Chopin : Ballades n° 1, opus 23, n° 2, opus 38, n° 3, opus 47, et n° 4, opus 52 – Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante, opus 22 – Fantaisie-Impromptu, opus 66 – Valse n° 3, opus 34 n° 2 – Nocturnes n° 4, opus 15 n° 1, et n° 13, opus 48 n° 1 – Etude opus 10 n° 3Kotaro Fukuma (piano)Enregistré au Cosmos Hall, Tokyo (7-9 mars 2013) – 75’54Editions Hortus 118 – Notice de présentation en français, allemand et anglais


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review of my recitals in Menton & La Roque d'Anthéron

L'article de La Provence paru suite à mon récital à la Roque d'Anthéron cet été:

" Un concert magique et salué par une salve d'applaudissements plus que méritée."


Et voici l'article dans le Nice-Matin, paru suite au récital au Festival de Menton




 

Friday, August 14, 2015

A review of my Chopin album


Kotaro Fukuma's Chopin album was selected as "Recording of the month" and got a wonderful review in the Music Web International!

"One of the best Chopin recitals in recent years"



Photos from Menton and La Roque d'Anthéron

Dans le cadre du 66e Festival de Musique de Menton et du 35e Festival International de Piano La Roque d'Anthéron
 

Menton le 6 Août


With Akiko & Kazuto Osato, they are wonderful piano technicians based in Europa for many years. Kazuto was taking care of my piano while I was living in Paris. It is such a great pleasure to see them again and work with them in a prestigious festival like here. émoticône smile
The piano is a brand new Bösendorfer with a copy painting
@museeCocteau Festival de Musique Menton

La Roque d'Antheron le 8 Août









Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paris Chopin Festival in Bagatelle Park July 12, 2015








Photos by Résie Urbain, Stéphane Delavoye, Gilles Bruneau

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fantasy on Ice 2015

Fantasy on Ice 2015 is over, full of wonderful memories... and I would like to share my very special experience here.
------------------------------------------------On Saturday afternoon's show, we had a problem with the ice rink (they found a couple of holes on the ice), right before my first number with Akiko Suzuki and they had to repair the rink. As it didn't seem to be finished soon, Akiko and I drew backstage. Then I told the stage manager that I could maybe play something solo. And they accepted it.
So I went on the stage and played "Chopin's Ballade No.1". I chose this piece because Yuzuru Hanyu, the Gold medalist of Sochi Olympic games, skated to it in the last season. As I announced the piece, the whole audience got excited. The staff told me that the repairing work would take more than 5 minutes, but in fact they finished it in 4 minutes, so I thought I should cut the piece... It was an unusual experience to think about how I could shorten the piece while I was playing!! Anyway, I managed to make it like within 6 minutes in total. And they gave me a standing ovation as soon as I played the last note. I heard afterwards that Yuzuru was watching my performance and dancing to it at the rinkside. It was already a huge honor for me.
But the story went on, even more exciting. At the dinner on that day, Yuzuru came to me and said, "Could you play the Ballade no.1 once again at the end of the tomorrow's show (the last show) and collaborate with me?" You can't imagine how I was overjoyed and enthusiastic about his request!
However, it seemed a huge challenge because the music he used was already edited at several spots and it was in different tempi from mine. (You can find it on youtube by searching for "Yuzuru Hanyu Ballade") So, in order to study his interpretation I spent about an hour watching his skating on youtube (it's actually from a recording of Zimmerman).
The next day, I had only 20 minutes for my rehearsal and Yuzuru and I rehearsed about 10 minutes. Then we did the show...
It was an unforgettable moment and a very unusual situation to play and collaborate at the end of the finale with all the skaters and all the other artists (Tomotaka Okamoto, Sarah Alainn, Edvin Marton) watching our collaboration at the rinkside! I still can't believe this happened in such a way...
I would like to thank Yuzuru and all the people involved, including the audience. I am really impressed by Yuzuru, who had very hard programs at each show, yet taking care of so many things, motivating his fellow skaters, treating the artists with courtesy and doing his best to arouse the audience to enthusiasm. And believe it or not, he is still 20 years old!
Now I'm off to Europe having a tight schedule (playing in Lodève, Dresden and Paris in 4 days and going back to Japan immediately!), but I'm fully encouraged by all the wonderful figure-skaters and artists in the Fantasy on Ice, feeling strong enough to try 3 jump-combo! ;)

The photo shows Yuzuru with the audience at the end of the show.
(photo taken and provided by Miki Ando)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lille Piano[s] Festival le 13 Juin 2015

J'ai eu l'honneur et le grand plaisir de jouer le Concerto n°2 de Bartok avec l'Orchestre National de Lille le 13 Juin 2015 dirigé par Mihhail Gerts !

dans l'Auditorium Nouveau Siècle avec l'Orchestre National de Lille


avec Maestro Jean-Claude Casadesus

avec Meastro Mihhail Gerts
Avec Vincent Josse et Nicolas Lafitte après "La Matinale" sur France Musique

Avec Beatrice Rana et Louis Schwizgebel 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Château de Sully : "Concert à couper le souffle du prodige Kotaro Fukuma"

Dans la République du Centre [quotidien régional Orléans] du Lundi 8 Juin 2015 :

" Le concert donné au château de Sully ... fut probablement une des plus somptueuses programmations musicales de cette année [au Festival de Sully et du Loiret].
Dans un tonnerre d'applaudissements, les visages subjugués des mélomanes en disaient long sur la performance artistique du pianiste Kotaro Fukuma.
Commenté par l'intrépide et artistiquement doué Claude-Henry Joubert, ce concert de très haute volée était à couper le souffle.
Le jeune prodige japonais, âgé de 32 ans, a mis le public de Sully à ses pieds, en jouant sans partition, des œuvres de Mozart, Chopin, d'Albert et Scriabine.
La puissance de son jeu musical, sa présence scénique remarquée a transporté le public dans son univers où chaque morceau interprété est légèreté, fluidité. Quatre rappels et plusieurs standing ovations ... les amoureux de belle musique se remémoreront longtemps ce moment de grâce".

Thérèse Cassan.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Passion Classique" avec Olivier Bellamy le 27 Mai 2015 : Interview en direct !

J'ai été l'invité d'Olivier Bellamy dans "Passion Classique" mercredi 27 Mai de 18 à 19:00 sur la station française Radio Classique !

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Intelligente Chopin-Interpretationen

Another great review of my Chopin album in the Pizzicato online magazine. 
"Kotaro Fukumas Spiel ist extrem klar und transparent, so dass man mehr Noten hört als bei vielen andern Pianisten. Gottseidank kommt dabei weder der Eindruck von Technizität noch der von Showmusizieren auf, weil Fukuma die Musik tief in seinem Innern aufsteigen lässt, weil er mit einer phänomenalen Technik und viel Gestaltungsintelligenz den Gefühlsausdruck genau dosiert und ihn mit Spontanität zu unmittelbarer Wirkung bringt. Diese Kongruenz von Manuellem, Geistigem und Seelischen zeichnet ihn als ernsthaften und hochkarätigen Interpreten aus."(♪♪♪♪♪)

http://www.pizzicato.lu/intelligente-chopin-interpretationen/

Friday, May 1, 2015

A review of my album "Dumka"


Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma keeps getting better and better. Turning 33 years old later this year, he landed on the scene in 2005 with a very good Schumann recital on Naxos, and then surveyed Toru Takemitsu’s piano music for the same label. Fukuma moved on to Denon and Editions Hortus, with a couple albums I haven’t heard, before appearing on MusicWeb International’s radar in 2013 with a fantastic Debussy recital.

It’s a joy to watch a young artist elevate his artistry with every new release. This Russian album is yet another step upward. It has some very big names (Mussorgsky’s PicturesIslamey) mixed in with little-known works that deserve the same headline treatment. In memory of his teacher Busoni, Guido Agosti took the three final sections from theFirebird Suite and compressed them for piano. It’s a series of fireworks, especially the Infernal Dance, and Fukuma plays it to the hilt. He’s got virtuosity and panache in spades; if you’re going to listen to the Firebird on piano, it doesn’t get better. I wonder what Fukuma sounds like doing the piano version of La valse.

At the opposite end of the expressive spectrum, we have Tchaikovsky’s Dumka, probably my favourite piano piece by that composer. It’s a longer, more drawn-out and fully developed piece than the dumka dances by Dvorák, and the anguished tone forbids the possibility of Tchaikovsky using one of his trademark balletic melodies. Fukuma shapes his performance beautifully. He does a sensitive job, too, with a lyrical transcription of a Glinka song.
...
If Kotaro Fukuma isn’t already on your shortlist of young pianists to follow closely, it’s time you added him. If you don’t think that Stravinsky’s Firebird could work on the piano, then you have another think coming.

Brian Reinhart



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concert reviews : Salle Gaveau, Paris





"... la maturité, la densité, la profonde élégance aussi, forcent l'admiration".

http://www.concertclassic.com/article/kotaro-fukuma-en-recital-gaveau-quand-le-piano-raconte-compte-rendu


"Magnifique pianiste japonais de 32 ans, au tempérament de feu".

http://www.resmusica.com/2015/04/05/le-pianiste-kotaro-fukuma-sur-la-scene-de-gaveau/

Sunday, April 5, 2015

My recital at Salle Gaveau Paris on March 31th

Here are some photos from my recital at Salle Gaveau Paris on March 31st.









Saturday, March 7, 2015

My French Polynesia Tour

Souvenir photos from French Polynesia. I had a number of wonderful experiences and a warm welcome by the organisers, the media, the local authority, the kids and the public. Thanks all, Maururu!!
Quelques photos de souvenir de Polynésie française. J'ai eu beaucoup de belles expériences et un accueil très chaleureux, tant de la part de l'organisateur Musique en Polynésie, que des média, des gens des commerces, des enfants et bien sûr du public. Un grand merci à tous!!
フランス領ポリネシアでのフォトアルバムです。
現地の皆様に温かく迎えられ、 素晴らしい貴重な体験をさせていただきました。心から感謝申し上げます。マウルルー!(タヒチ語で「ありがとう」)