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Sonata b minor / Mazurki op. 17
Frédéric Chopin

Sonata b minor / Mazurki op. 17

Aimi Kobayashi

Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Format: CD
Barcode: 5907690736927
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Catalog number: NIFCCD 626
Releasedate: 27-01-17
- Aimi Kobayashi – a musical portrait of one of the most interesting participants in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition

- her Competition disc includes, among other works, the Sonata in B-flat minor op. 35 and the Scherzo in B minor op. 20
Aimi Kobayashi – a musical portrait of one of the most interesting participants in the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition.
The 20-year-old Japanese pianist, enjoying great audience approval, was among the favorites already from the first round; according to well-known British critic John Allison, ‘her taking part in the final and winning an honorable mention was one of the most predictable elements of the entire Competition’. Already as a 13-year-old pianist, Aimi was revealed to the Polish audience by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute when she performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century at the Chopin and His Europe festival. Her Competition disc includes, among other works, the Sonata in B-flat minor op. 35 and the Scherzo in B minor op. 20.
 
Born in 1995, in Ube. From the age of eight, she was a pupil of Yuko Ninomiya, and she is currently a student of the Curtis Institute of Music in
Philadelphia. She made her debut with orchestra in Japan at the age of seven and gave her first recital abroad aged nine. A few years later, she recorded a disc of that recital for EMI and became the youngest artist ever to perform at the Suntory Hall. She has performed in concert with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen and the Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov.

Since an early age, she has been winning prizes in piano competitions. She is a three-time finalist of the Japanese Piano Teachers
National Association’s competition. Her recent successes include a prize in the Gina Bachauer Competition for Young Pianists in Salt Lake City and
a distinction in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition [Warsaw, 2015]. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Salle Cortot in Paris,
Opera City in Tokyo and Cracow Philharmonic, and her concerts have been broadcast by television stations in Japan and around the world. She has also performed live on the NHK in Japan. Her discography includes recordings of music by Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Schumann