Rinko Kobayashi

Professor Hideo Saito, the professor of Seiji Ozawa who established the famous Saito Memorial Orchestra and named it after his master, commented on Rinko Kobayashi's performance when he heard her playing Concerto in A major by Liszt "She will become one of the few soloists who can lead orchestras with her charisma". Jan Weber wrote in Ruch Muzyczny "... She is a genuine pianist with outstanding skill ... playing Rachmaninov with demonlike fervour, releasing a veritable storm over the keyboard, all the while in perfect agreement with the composers intentions..." I had been unable to work out the complexity of the Sonata even while listening to pianists such as Ogdon, Cliburn or Horovitz. Rinko Kobayashi showed a superb grasp of the Sonata, revealing an absolute command of the piano. But Rinko Kobayashis feature is not only her passionate side, but also her subtle sensitivity not to speak of colourful and beautiful tones. Nowadays, very few pianists touch your heart with their performance. But Rinko Kobayashi is one of such pianists whose excellent technique never disturbs the music flowing directly from the heart. After her recitals, and especially when she plays Beethoven, the audience find themselves in tears and say they went all with goose bumps. She herself says her playing is her praying to God. At the age of five, as a wonder girl, she had regular weekly performances on the radio and television to a very enthusiastic audience. She studied with such renowned professors as Motonari Iguchi, Mieczyslaw Munz, Edward Auer and Andrzej Jasinski. She achieved her first success by winning the competition for laureates of the NHK-Mainichi Music Competitions in 1973 and at the F.Chopin Competition where she received a diploma and a special award. From that moment she began her international career. She has been giving recitals and playing with orchestras virtually in all European countries, at Wigmore Hall in London, the special concert for the 50th Anniversary of the Chopin Society in Warsaw, the solemn concert on the occasion of the official visit of the Queen of Denmark Margerete II to Poland, and she has also participated in the International Meisterkonzerte series in Vienna, to name only a few. She has also played at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall where she got standing ovation from the full house. From 1987 until its dissolution, she had been the soloist for the Warsaw Radio and TV Chamber Orchestra. Regular annual tours throughout Poland and frequent visits to her native Japan add up to her schedule of over 50 concerts a year. She has been invited to a number of international Festivals. She made many recordings for radio and television in Europe, USA and Japan, as well as many disques. In 1999, she recorded Roman Maciejewskis works, which was the world first recording, and it was nominated for The Fryderyk Prize in the department of contemporary music. Later that year, her Chopin Forever CD became the first Gold CD (sold 10000 CD) as a classical piano music on CD in Poland. In 2000, it was followed by the first Platinum CD (sold 20000 CD) as a classical piano solo recording in Poland. In 1988, she was awarded LOrdre du Merite Culturel by Polish Minister of Culture for her popularisation of Chopins music in the world. In 2002, she was awarded Knight Cross by president of Republic of Poland.BiographyPolski


Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor op. 66

3 Mazurkas
A minor op. 17 no. 4
G minor op. 67 no. 2
B flat major op.7 no.1

Nocturne in D flat major op. 27 no. 2

Nocturne in C minor op. 48 no.1

3 Mazurkas
F major op.68 no. 3
F minor op. 68 no. 4
D flat major op. 30 no. 3

Waltz in D flat major op. 64 no. 1

Polonaise in A flat major op. 53


Charles Richard – Hamelin /Canada/

Silver medalist and laureate of the Krystian Zimerman Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is standing out today as one of the most important musicians of his generation. In 2014, he also won the second prize at the Montreal International Musical Competition and the third prize at the Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea. Charles is the recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the prestigious Career Development Award offered by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.

He has appeared in various prestigious festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron in France, the Prague Spring Festival, the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw and the Lanaudière Festival in Canada. As a soloist, he has performed with more than fifty ensembles including the main symphony orchestras of Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Métropolitain, Québec, Edmonton, Calgary…) as well as with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, OFUNAM (Mexico), les Violons du Roy and I Musici de Montréal. He has played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Kent Nagano, Antoni Wit, Vasily Petrenko, Jacek Kaspszyk, Aziz Shokhakimov, Peter Oundjian, Jacques Lacombe, Fabien Gabel, Carlo Rizzi, Alexander Prior, Giancarlo Guerrero, Christoph Campestrini, Lan Shui and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Charles Richard-Hamelin is a graduate from McGill University, the Yale School of Music, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and has studied with Paul Surdulescu, Sara Laimon, Boris Berman, André Laplante et Jean Saulnier.

His first solo recording, which features late works by Chopin, was released in September 2015 on the Analekta label and received widespread acclaim from critics throughout the world (Diapason, BBC Music Magazine, Le Devoir) as well as a Felix Award (ADISQ). A second album, recorded live at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City with music by Beethoven, Enescu and Chopin, was released in the fall of 2016 and also had a very positive welcome (Gramophone, La Presse, The WholeNote). The first volume of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with Andrew Wan was released in the fall of 2018 and his next projects include both Chopin Concertos with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Kent Nagano.


Nocturne in C sharp minor op. posth.

Ballade in G minor op. 23

Impromptu in G flat major op. 51

Ballade in F minor op. 52

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major op. 22