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Tokyo Music Competition



Born in: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
2nd place, Piano Section, The 11th Tokyo Music Competition 2013

Musical Study Experiences

Learned vocal music in chorus from childhood
From 4 years of age studied at Yamaha Music School. After attending Yamaha master classes for performance studies, Kobayashi studied at the Yamaha master class special course from 2008 to 2014.
2011 Won the Special Student Prize at the Junior Academy Eppan (Italy) and was invited to the Piano Academy Eppan (Italy)
Graduated from the performance course of the Music Department at Ueno Gakuen Senior High School
2014-16 Studied at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium)
2016 From September studies in the undergraduate program at Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland)


While training with Maria Joao Pires, worked on worldwide activities as a member of the Partitura Project which is Maria Joao Pires’s young musicians' training program.
Studied piano at the City of Basel Music Academy under Claudio Martínez Mehner.
Previously studied piano under Yuguchi Miwa, Vera Gornastaeva in the Yamaha master class special course, and the general music studies under Nishioka Hitomi, Nishio Yo and Shimizu Akio. Further studied piano under Yokoyama Yukio and Tabe Kyoko at Ueno Gakuen Senior High School.

Musical Careers

2007 Won the Excellence Award, Yokohama Mayor Award, and Concerto Award in Youth Piano Category, C Division at the 23rd Kanagawa Classical Music Competition
Performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra led by Odano Hiroyuki at "Top Concert part 21"
2009 Overall 1st Place winner, the 25th Kanagawa Classical Music Competition
Performed as the Kanagawa Shimbun Representative at the Award Winner’s Concert hosted by Japanese National Newspaper Companies
3rd Place, Middle School Category, National, the 63rd Student Music concours of Japan
2010 Bronze Prize, Junior G Level, National Finals, the PTNA Piano Competition
1st Place (the youngest ever in the Category B) and Haydn Prize, Category B, the 12th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists (Germany). Following year performed in the winner's recital in Germany and Italy
2011 Performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra led by Otomo Naoto in the Yamaha Gala Concert 2011
2012, 2013 Performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Ueno Gakuen University Orchestra led by Shimono Tatsuya in "Concerto's Concert"
2013 Encouragement award, the 6th PTNA Yasuko Fukuda Award Audition
2nd Place, Piano Section, the 11th Tokyo Music Competition, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Umeda Toshiaki
2014 Performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and the Octopus Symphony Chorus led by Laurence Equilbey at the Beethoven Festival
2015 Held All Chopin Program recital in the event "Flagey Piano Days" at the Flagey Hall, Belgium
Performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra led by Tanaka Yuko in the Classical Concerts with Emerging Artists
Performed in the mini-concert for supporting the reconstruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake, marking its 4th anniversary at the residence of Japanese ambassador to Belgium
Performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Belgian National Orchestra led by Eivind Aadl at the Music Chapel Gala Concert 2015
Performed at Toppan Hall in the Lunch Time Concert Vol.78 "Ultimate Chopin"
Performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the New Japan Philharmonic led by Augustin Dumay in the Partitura Project "Beethoven’s All Piano Concerto Concert"
Performed in "Maria Joao Pires solo & duet concert—Featuring Emerging Pianist Kobayashi Kaito"at the Yamaha Hall
Performed in Maria Joao Pires & Kobayashi Kaito Piano Recital at the Yatsugatake Kogen Ongakudo (concert hall for chamber music)
2016 Held a duo concert with Maria Joao Pires as the Partitura Project Italy Performance in Rome and Florence
Performed "An evening with the Bösendorfer Model 280VC performed by 4 Pianists"
Participated in the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium Cruising Tour "Queen Elisabeth Musical Voyage 2016": held a duo concert with Maria Joao Pires in Tangier, Morocco; performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Gulbenkian Orchestra led by Christopher Warren-Green
Scheduled to perform in a joint concert and to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra led by Takaseki Ken in the 35th Yokohama International Piano Concert (Concerto: November 5th, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Main Hall; Joint Concert: November 6th Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Small Hall)
Scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 1 with Augustin Dumay and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra led by Augustin Dumay (November 26, Izumi Hall in Osaka)

Further Activities

2014-15 Recipient of the Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship
Recipient of the 45th Ezoe Memorial Foundation Scholarship


Mainly German and Austrian Baroque, Classical, Romantic era works and Chopin pieces.
In recent years, I have been actively working on chamber music as well.

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