"Making music on a Bechstein grand piano is always a unique experience. It inspires me again and again, so that I look forward to every next note."
Wataru Hisasue was born in Kyoto (Japan) in 1994. In October 2013, he began a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Music Freiburg under various professors, including Gilead Mishory and Tigran A. Alikhanov. Since 2017 he studies at Universität der Künste Berlin with Klaus Hellwig and Pascal Devoyon.
He has won many national and international competitions, including the Aoyama Music Award 2009, the International German Piano Award 2016 and the Mendelssohn Prize in the Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition 2016. In 2017 Wataru Hisasue won the third prize in the ARD music competition as well as the award for the best interpretation of the commissioned composition.
Wataru Hisasue has performed at prestigious venues across Europe and Japan, including the Konzerthaus Berlin and the “AUDI Musik Festival 2016” and was featured soloist with orchestras such as the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Collegium Musicum Basel. In 2018 he performed at “Mozartfest Würzburg”, “Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele” and “Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” and in 2019 he was selected as a CHANEL Pygmalion Days Artist. In 2021 he was scholarship recipient of the Carl Bechstein Foundation.
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