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Noriko Ogawa

Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa (b. 1973) has achieved considerable renown in Europe, America and in her native Japan, where she is a national celebrity.

Since achieving her first great success at Leeds International Piano Competition, Noriko Ogawa has worked with leading orchestras and conductors including Charles Dutoit, Osmo Vänskä, Leonard Slatkin and Tadaaki Otaka. She is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician, performing with artists such as Evelyn Glennie. In 2001 Ogawa established a piano duo with Kathryn Stott.

Noriko Ogawa is associate artist at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester where she was artistic director for the Reflections on Debussy festival, jointly presented by the BBC Philharmonic and Bridgewater Hall during the 2011–12 season. She is an exclusive recording artist for BIS Records. Her discography includes Takemitsu’s Riverrun (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone) and Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition (Critics’ Choice, BBC Music Magazine). Her recordings of Debussy’s complete piano music have won widespread critical acclaim.

Noriko Ogawa has received the Japanese Ministry of Education’s Art Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the global cultural profile of Japan. Since 2004 she has acted as artistic advisor for the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall.

Noriko Ogawa is passionate about charity work, particularly after the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan in early 2011. Since the earthquake she has raised over £20,000 for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Fund and is keen to keep fundraising, also working with the Japan Society throughout 2012. She has also founded Jamie’s Concerts, a series for autistic children and their parents.


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Light, Water, Rainbow...
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Dai Fujikura: Ampere
Debussy – The Solo Piano Works
Released on five separate discs, Noriko Ogawa’s traversal of the...
Graham Fitkin – Circuit
Music Web International: outstanding.
Tcherepnin – Complete Symphonies & Piano Concertos
This album is also available as an album bundle.
Grieg – The Complete Orchestral Music
To list the various distinctions awarded to the recordings that ...
Tcherepnin - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 etc.
Classics Today 10/10.
Debussy - Piano Music Volume 4
International Record Review: outstanding.
Rimsky-Korsakov – Orchestral Works
Two recent collections of Russian orchestral music – the Symphon...
Debussy - Piano Music Volume 3
Gramophone: Editor's Choice; BBC Music Magazine: outstanding; Mu...
Holmboe - Concertos for Piano, Clarinet and Oboe; Beatus Parvo
The prolific Danish composer Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996) has been a...
Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
Classics Today 10/10.
Delius - Arrangements for piano 4 hands by Peter Warlock
Music Web International: outstanding; Fanfare: The Want List.
Tcherepnin - Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4
Classics Today: outstanding; Music Web International: outstanding.
Debussy - Piano Music Volume 2
Gramophone: Editor's Choice; Penguin Guide 3 stars.
Takemitsu - A String Around Autumn
Gramophone: Editor's Choice, selected Essential Recording.
Debussy - Piano Music Volume 1
Gramophone: outstanding; International Record Review: oustanding...
Bridges to Japan - Music for Flute and Piano
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2
Penguin Guide 3 stars.
Japonisme - Piano music
Klassik Heute 10/10/10.
Tcherepnin - Symphonies No.3 & No.4 and Piano Concerto No.6
Classics Today 10/10; Penguin Guide 3 stars.
Tcherepnin - Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 and Piano concerto No.5
Penguin Guide 3 stars.
The Japanese cello
Sæverud - Symphony No.9
Penguin Guide Rosette, highest rating.
Beethoven - Symphony No.9 (arranged by Richard Wagner)
BBC Music Magazine: outstanding; Fono Forum: outstanding.
Peterson-Berger - Frösöblomster (Frösö Flowers)
BBC Music Magazine 5 stars.
Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
Rachmaninov - Piano Concertos No.2 & No.3
Just for me - Noriko Ogawa plays Japanese Piano Music
Takemitsu - The Complete Solo Piano Music
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