Michie Koyama – 4th Prize winner, 11th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1985). Michie Koyama started learning piano playing at the age of five. She completed musical high school at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, moving on to college level at the same University.
Ms. Koyama participated in international music competitions in Tokyo (reached semi-final stage, 1980), Moscow (Tchaikovsky Competition, 3rd Prize, 1982) and Warsaw (Chopin Competition, 4th Prize, 1985).
In 1991, she made her London debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She toured in Europe and the US. She has performed with top orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Moscow Radio Orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra and several orchestras in Japan. She has worked with such conductors as James Conlon, Otmar Suitner, Horst Stein, Neville Marriner, Claus Peter Flor, Seiji Ozawa, Andrew Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kazimierz Kord and others.
Ms. Koyama repertoire includes over 40 piano concertos and many solo works ranging from Baroque to contemporary. She also appears in chamber ensembles, notably with violinist Augustin Dumay and pianist Maria João Pires.
She performs at major music festivals. In 1999, she appeared at the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, playing Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Chopin.
Ms. Koyama has made 14 recordings for Sony, including works by Chopin (Sonata in B minor, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Ballades, Scherzos etc.), Schumann (Carnival, Kreisleriana etc.), Liszt (Mephisto Waltz, En rêve, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Campanella, Feux follets etc.), Rachmaninov (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini etc.).