Japanese pianist to perform at BYU–Idaho

April 22, 2009

Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma will perform a recital Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho.


Tickets can be purchased from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 496-2230, online at www.byui.edu/tickets, or at the door. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $5 for BYU-Idaho students.


Fukuma was born in Tokyo in 1982. He began his piano studies at the age of five and, in 2001, entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he studied the piano with Bruno Rigutto and chamber music with Marie-Françoise Bucquet. He now studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin Universität der Künste and participates regularly in the Como International Piano Academy in Italy. In 2003, Fukuma won First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the 15th Cleveland International Piano Competition.


He will perform Sonata No. 20 E-major Op. 109 by Beethoven, Allegro in B Minor Op. 8 by Schumann, Ballade No. 4 in F minor Op. 52 by Chopin, and Iberia, 1st and 2nd Books by Albéniz.


Fukuma also will perform with the Idaho Falls Symphony Saturday, May 9, at the Idaho Falls Civic Center and on Wednesday, May 13, at BYU-Idaho.