- Cyprien Katsaris piano
- Etsuko Hirose piano
Born in Nagoya in Japan, Etsuko Hirose began studying the piano at the age of three. When she was only six she performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 26 with orchestra. After pursuing her studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Bruno Rigutto and Nicholas Angelich, she has received the guidance of Alfred Brendel, among others. She is a prizewinner at prestigious international contests such as the Frederic Chopin Competition for young pianists (Moscow), the G. B. Viotti and the Munich ARD Competition which launched her solo career.
Etsuko Hirose is a guest at such renowned venues as the Herkulessaal in Munich, Kennedy Center in Washington, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and Suntory Hall and Orchard Hall in Tokyo, and has been accompanied by leading orchestras including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Synfonia Varsovia, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, or the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Dmitri Liss, or Marcello Viotti.
She has also been invited to appear at many festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée in Nantes, the Martha Argerich Festival in Japan, the Mozartfest Würzburg, the Printemps Musical in Saint-Tropez, the Brussels Piano Competition, or the Festival das Artes in Coimbra (Portugal).
Her performances are regularly broadcasted, notably on Arte, France 3, France Musique, Radio Classique, and the NHK and she has recorded numerous discs, among them her recently published recording of the ’12 Études d’exécution transcendante’ by Lyapunov.