Hashimoto, Kyoko

HASHIMOTO, Kyoko

Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three.  After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School. Among her teachers were György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.

She has performed solo recitals in more than 25 countries including performances at Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc. She has also performed many duo recitals and chamber music concerts. She has been invited to participate in many important festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. She has performed concertos with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Hashimoto has been awarded prizes such as the 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and the special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition.

She has recorded many times for TV and radio all over the world including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio.  She has been a frequent performer for CBC (Canada) and BBC (UK) and in 2012, she was chosen as representative performance for the Schubert Impromptus together with Edwin Fischer, William Kapell and Wilhelm Backhaus for BBC “Schubert Marathon.” She has also made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including early piano pieces by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, Preludes by Scriabin and Shostakovich and Impromptus by Schubert and Preludes Book II by Debussy.

She is Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Area Chair at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was on the piano faculty and the chamber music faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland for 12 years. She has been invited many times as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland and in the Czech Republic and at the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College in London. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop and Festival (IMWF) in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S.A., Holland, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil and Japan.