"The Japanese pianist Shoko Kawasaki impressed with nobility and precision." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
"The exceptional Japanese pianist Shoko Kawasaki brings the
to rapturous applause." (DEWEZET)
Shoko Kawasaki was born in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated at the Tokyo National University of Arts (Geidai) and received the prestigious Leonid Kreutzer Prize as a top honor in her master’s degree at graduate school. In 2014 she then obtained her doctoral degree there. Her dissertation is based on the piano etudes of G. Ligeti. It is the first analysis of this important work from the point of view of an active pianist. In 2016 she completed her master’s degree in modern music and postgraduate program “Meisterklasse” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. She studied under many famous teachers such as Michael SCHÄFER. Shoko obtained further important artistic impulses from Jacques ROUVIER, Andreas GROETHUYSEN, Gabriel TACCHINO, Remo REMOLI, Mihail VOSKRESENSKY, Vladimir TROPP, Einar Steen-NØKLEBERG, Susumu AOYAGI and Michiko OHNO (KASUYA).
She was a scholar of the Rohm Music Foundation, Honjo International Scholarship Foundation, and Deutschland Stipendium.
2013, She received the Grazia Music Prize, which was made to honor and support young excellent artists. Shoko was the first person who received this prestigious prize.
She won prizes at international piano competitions, like “Ennio Porrino” in Cagliari, “Massarosa International Piano Competition” in Italy. She was awarded the diploma prize in international competitions, like the “Geneva International Competition” and “Grieg International Competition” in Norway. In Japan, she won prizes at the Music Competition of Japan, at the Kazuko YASUKAWA Memorial International Piano Competition. In addition, Shoko has won first prizes in many important competitions in Japan, including one where she participated as a composer.
She has performed many important solo-recitals, concerts with orchestra as soloist and chamber music concerts, as well as multiple music festivals and concerts in Asia, America and across Europe. Her performances are often broadcasted by various radio and TV channels in Japan, Germany, Italy and other countries. She also participated in Cuba at the Contemporary Music festival. Many of her recitals in Germany have received popular reviews from many German newspapers such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Muenchener Merkur, WAZ.
In 2016 Her CD (Memory of Kreutzer) with Studio N.A.T was released in Japan. It was selected by “The Record Geijutsu” special selection board for an award, and received praise from many other newspapers and music magazines. 2017 Shoko releases new solo-album “VISIONS I -DREAM-”
She was selected by G.Henle Verlag to be the promotion manager for the Henle App.
Currently, residing in Germany, she serves as a piano lecturer at The University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. She holds performances not only In Japan, but also across Europe.