Hiroko Nakamura

Musical Artist

Hiroko Nakamura (中村 紘子, Nakamura Hiroko, born July 25, 1944) is a Japanese pianist. She is the youngest, and the second Japanese prizewinner at the 7th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition (the first Japanese prizewinner is Kiyoko Tanaka). As her career in Europe, America, and a guest-judge of the major piano competitions, she is considered one of the most advanced and well-known players in Japan. She lives in Mita, Tokyo with her husband Kaoru Shōji, one of the winners of Akutagawa Prize. She has been a juror at many major piano competitions in the world, including the Chopin in Poland, the Tchaikovsky in Russia, the Arthur Rubinstein in Israel, the Busoni in Italy and so on. She also serves as the chairperson of the jury of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and as the Music Director of the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy. She received the 2005 ExxonMobil Music Award. Her style of piano music is tender, playing not too loudly. Nakamura is also well known as a nonfiction writer, critic and television personality. Her first book, “The Tchaikovsky Competition” written about her experiences on the juries at the 1982 and 1986 Tchaikovsky Competitions in  ( Wikipedia article )


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Nakamura, Hiroko
Date of birth


Institution From To
Juilliard School

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