Noriko Ogawa (piano)
Noriko Ogawa
Noriko has achieved world renown since winning the Leeds International Piano Competition. She has appeared with major European, Japanese and US orchestras and has forthcoming appearance in Poland, Russia and Czech Republic as well as performing the world premiere of Richard Dubugnon's Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Noriko has a special affinity with the works of Debussy and has recorded Images Books I and II to critical acclaim. Her playing has been described as ravishingly poetic. In addition she enjoys performing chamber music and partners Kathryn Stott in duet recitals.

We are most pleased and honoured that the superb and versatile pianist, Noriko Ogawa, has agreed to become our Honorary Patron and most pleased to welcome the return of this superb pianist.
Friday 17th November 2017
7 Variations on 'God Save the King'
Appassionata Sonata Op. 57
Akiko Yamane
'Illuminated Baby'
Sonata in B minor

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Noriko made her BBC Proms debut in August 2013 with the BBC Concert Orchestra (conducted by Barry Wordsworth) and appeared again in 2014 with the Endymion Ensemble. She has been appointed Vice President of the St Cecilia Orchestra in Ripon, Honorary Patron of the Ipswich Orchestral Society and, from January to June 2012, was the Artistic Director for the Reflections on Debussy Festival, hosted by BBC Philharmonic and Bridgewater Hall. In 2015 she continued her relationship with the Bridgewater Hall as Associate Artist for the Ravel and Rachmaninov Festival alongside Peter Donohoe.

Noriko is also renowned as a recitalist and chamber musician. Notable chamber projects include a tour of Japan with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble and the leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, Rainer Honeck. With her piano duet partner Kathryn Stott, Noriko has performed Malcolm Arnold's Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands) at the 2013 BBC Proms, has toured in Japan and given premieres of Graham Fitkin's double piano concerto Circuit. Noriko has also collaborated with Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen, Martin Roscoe, Michael Collins and Peter Donohoe.

As an advocate of commissioning, Noriko has been involved in numerous premieres including works by Richard Dubugnon, Takemitsu, Graham Fitkin and Dai Fujikura, as well as 'Le Tombeau de Rachmaninov', specially written for Noriko by eight composers and premiered at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. In addition to recording and performing, Noriko is a sought-after presenter, both on the radio and on television, appearing as a piano expert on the BBC3 coverage of the Leeds Piano Competition in 2016, and on BBC Worldwide in 'Visionaries' as an advocate for Takemitsu and in programmes for NHK and Nippon Television. As an adjudicator, she regularly judges the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Munich International Piano Competition, Honens International Piano Competition and the Scottish International Piano Competition. Noriko has been appointed as Chairperson of the Jury for Japan's prestigious 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018.

In Japan, Noriko acts as artistic advisor to the MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall in her hometown. In 1999, the Japanese Ministry of Education awarded her their Art Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cultural profile of Japan throughout the world and she has also been awarded the Okura Prize for her outstanding contribution to music in Japan.

As a writer, Noriko has completed her first book (published in Japan), and her Japanese translation of Susan Tomes's book Out of Silence - a pianist's yearbook has been reprinted due to popular demand, with the Japanese music magazine Ongaku no tomo saying "Ogawa translates Tomes' elegant composition into very beautiful Japanese with deep empathy and affection' (August 2012).

Noriko is passionate about charity work, particularly after the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan in early 2011. Since the earthquake she has raised over £40,000 for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Fund and is keen to keep fundraising. Noriko also founded Jamie's Concerts, a series for autistic children and parents, and is a Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

Noriko lives with her partner Philip and their cat Sox. When not practising she enjoys writing and cooking for friends.