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I'm playing Beethonven on December 1

I am playing Ludwig van Beethoven's "Cello Sonata No.3 (Op.69)" with Mr. Paolo Bonomini, a virtuoso cellist and an assisant of Professor J. P. Maintz in Udk, and "Piano Sonata No.29 - Hammerklavier" on December 1 at Hoffmannsaal of Bechstein, Berlin. (Aug. 2017)

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Visited Slazburg and Bayreuth

I participated in the summer course in Salzburg for two weeks at the end of July and then visited Bayreuth to see the festival. It was very fruitful experience, and a refreshing break as well. I have just retuned to Berlin.(Aug. 2017)

 

Salzburg

Wagner's residence

Now in Berlin

I have been staying in Berlin since April 3, 2017 on a sabbatical leave from Kunitachi College of Music for a year. (Apr. 2017)

 

Universität der Künste Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg







Bonus image:
The cat in a nearby hotel


My recital was listed in "Concert Best 10 in 2016" by prestigious Ongaku-no-tomo Journal

My last concert in October 2017 "Kondo Nobuko Piano Recital. Piano Works in 20th Century VIII - The Works of Contemporary Female Composers" was listed in Concert Best 10 in 2016 by prestigious Ongaku-no-tomo Journal. (Dec.2016)

Thank you very much for coming to my recital

Thanks for everyone who came to my last recital Kondo Nobuko Piano Recital. Piano Works in 20th Century VIII - The Works of Contemporary Female Composers at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hallon October 26, 2016. I introduced a few of the best works by female composers who are actively working on their music. I would be glad if I could provide you with an opportunity to get acquainted with their precious works. (Nov. 2016)

Program

Kaija Saariaho: Ballade for Piano (2005)
Karen Tanaka: Crystalline (1988), Techno Etudes (2000)
Keiko Harada: Except from Nach Bach (2004)
Unsuk Chin: Excerpt from 12 Piano Etudes (1995-)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Piano Sonata (1965)





The third album is now on sale

I have released my 3rd album on CD Kondo Nobuko Plays J. S. Bach - Musikalisches Opfer. It was nominated as the Best Disc of the Month by the Record Geijutsu Journal (Sep. 2015)

KONDO Nobuko, well-known as an expert on Bach's keyboard music, boldly challenges Ricercar a 3 of Musikalisches Opfer, which is apparently a masterpiece of J. S. Bach in his later years but is rarely played because of its technical difficulty. Also covered are Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue with a good feel of improvisation, and brisk and clear Italian Concerto. You can recognize the depth and diversity of Bach's music. (From the copy on the CD jacket)



Awarded The Arts Festival Excellence Awards by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs

My recital featuring "Natürliche Dauern" by K. Stockhausen in 2014 was awarded The Arts Festival Excellence Awards of Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs". (Dec. 2014)

The reason for the award
She played and introduced "Natürliche Dauern", the last piano work by K. Stockhausen, who was one of the trailblazers of 20th century music, in a solid and highly intensive performance. We experience how the birth and demise and growth and decay of the intricate sound organization could create and dominate the time-space, involving the direct experience of the listeners. The program note elaborated by the player herself delivered alongside excerpts of the scores was also very informative reflecting the depth of her research over many years. Her work delved into the profoundness of the music academically as well as artistically, and contributed to a re-evaluation of the composer. (Translation of the official announcement)




The award trophy