If Yu Kosuge would not have become a pianist, she would have liked to become an astronaut. Yu has been giving recitals and performing with orchestras since early childhood. At the age of nine she made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra, in the same year she moved to Europe for her piano studies. She plays music from baroque times up to contemporary compositions, a very special place in her repertoire have composers like Mozart and especially Beethoven. Yu is currently living in Munich.
With her superlative technique, sensitivity of touch and profound understanding of the music she plays, Yu Kosuge appears at the most important venues and Festivals in Europe, Asia, Russia and America. Among them are the Salzburger Festspiele, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Holland Music Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Carnegie Hall New York, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Wigmore Hall London.
As well as regular performances in Asia and with all the major Japanese orchestras, Yu Kosuge has worked with many of the leading European orchestras including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, St Petersburg Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, alongside famous conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Philippe Herreweghe, Sakari Oramo, Lawrence Foster and Charles Dutoit.
Yu Kosuge’s more than 15 recordings on Sony include the Études by Listzt and Chopin, concertos by Mendelssohn and Mozart, as well as, among others, the complete 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven, which will be also released in a box set in Autumn 2016.