Contestant 9: Yuki Kondo

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Yuki KondoYuki Kondo is a regular at the winning podiums of International piano competitions, and a hotly tipped favorite to win the trophy in Tromsø.

This wonderful performer from Aichi, Japan, graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai) in 2007, and has since persued her studies in France. In 2010, she obtained the superior diploma from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris.The jury were unanimous in agreeing that she should receive the top mark and congratulated her on her achievement.

Four years later, she obtained the concert diploma at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, again with the highest mention given by the jury. During her studies, she worked with Olivier Gardon, Eugen Indjic and Gabriel Tacchino, and participated at various piano competitions in Europe and Japan.

As mentioned, Yuki has raked in a huge amount of prizes. In 2007, she won 1st prize at the Japan Mozart Music Competition, three years later, she achieved a similar fete at the Tokyo Arts Center Competition. In 2011, she received “Best Pianist Prize”  from the Japan Arts Center, and the following year, she on 1st prize both at the Teresa Llacuna International Competition, Valence, France and at the International Brest Competition,France.

2013 brought a 1st prize victory at the International Scriabin Competition, Paris, and she won a Medal at the International Maria Canals Competition, Barcelona both in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she also received “Best Pianist Prize”  from the Japan Arts Center and 1st prize (Jury Award) and Steingraeber & Söhne  Award at the Pianale International Music Academy Competition, Schlitz/Fulda, Germany.

Among recitals and concerts given in Europe and Japan, are “Bon Anniversaire Monsieur Chopin” concert in Châteauroux, which was televised in France, a Concert at King’s Palace open space in Warsaw and at Mozarthaus in Vienna, Austria. She has also participated at the Kyoto International Festival at Nijo Castle (World Heritage) and Festival “Chopin au jardin du Luxembourg” in Paris in 2012, to mention a few.

Yuki Kondo performed the 1st Piano Concerto by Chopin with the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Madeleine in Paris, the Totentanz by Liszt with the Kyoto Philharmony Orchestra at Kyoto Concert Hall, twice with the Krakow State Philharmony Orchestra and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 with the Aichi Chamber Orchestra.

She has also released the CD “Yuki Kondo Live at Gluiras” (Chopin,Debussy,Poulenc,Liszt), a production by Easis, France.

She is, without a doubt, among the most experienced names in this year’s competition.

Here’s Yuki Kondo performing Turkish March by Mozart.


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