Biography

Hideyo Harada was born in Japan, and began her musical education with Toyoaki Matsuura in Tokyo. She continued her studies with Lieselotte Gierth in Stuttgart/Germany, Hans Kann, and Roland Keller in Vienna. Hideyo Harada achieved her musical maturity with Victor Merzhanov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has won, among other distincions, the Geneva International Music Competition (CIEM), as well as the 1st prize at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund. The pianist was also a prize-winner at the International Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow.

Since then she has had guest performances at, for example, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the MDR-Musiksommer, the Beethovenfestival Bonn, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Mozart Festival Würzburg, the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Ludwigsburg Festival, the Musikfest Stuttgart, the Festival International des Jeune Solistes in Antibes, the Yokohama International Piano Festival, the Prague Proms Festival, and the Grand Piano Festival in Amsterdam. Significant stages in her career have included the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, and the Suntory Hall Tokyo. The artist has played with famous orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra, the Solistes de Bourgogne, the Orchestre de Cannes, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Bulgarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Hideyo Harada also tours Japan on a regular basis, where she has played with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. She has colaborated with conductors such as Petr Altrichter, Christian Arming, Piero Bellugi, Pietari Inkinen, Cristian Mandeal, Tadaaki Otaka, Vladimir Valek, and Marcello Viotti.

In addition to solo repertoire, Hideyo Harada also performs chamber music. Her partners are, among others, the Borodin Quartet, the violinists Latica Honda-Rosenberg, and Mikhail Simonyan, the cellist Jens Peter Maintz, and the baritone Roman Trekel. Yet another activity of this versatile pianist are her musical-literary programs, which she stages with the performing artists Corinna Harfouch, Esther Schweins, ChrisTine Urspruch and Hanns Zischler.

In addition to recordings with international broadcasting and television companies, she has recorded many award-winning CD’s with works by Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Samuel Feinberg, and Michio Mamiya, available on European, and Japanese labels.