Yasuko Furumi
Supported by Club 32 donors Sandy Watson and Jillian Williams


5 February 1998

I want many people to feel the wonder of music. I believe that this competition will be an opportunity to broaden my music.


Second Prize: Dublin International Piano Competition (Dublin, Ireland)
Semi Finalist: Chopin Piano Competition (Warsaw, Poland)
Third Prize: International Paderewski Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz, Poland)
First Prize, Best Performance of a Commissioned Piece Prize: Takamatsu International Piano Competition (Takamatsu, Japan)

Yasuko Furumi, originally from Kanagawa, Japan, began playing the piano at the age of six. She is a graduate of Shōwa Academia Musica in Kawasaki where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2020 and her Master’s degree in 2022. She is currently continuing her studies at Shōwa Graduate School of Music with Professor Fumiko Eguchi.

Since her first solo recital in 2014 in Tokyo, she has performed in numerous concert halls in Japan, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and United States including music festivals such as the 74th Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival and the 28th Young Praha. She has collaborated with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Seto Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

She released her debut CD album from Opus One Label of Nippon Columbia in January 2019.


2023 Competition Performances

Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Thursday 6 July 2023, 5.20pm
Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Saturday 8 July 2023, 7.30pm

2023 Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo e sostenuto
III. Finale. Presto, ma non troppo

I. Andante
II. Presto

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Franz Liszt: Ballade No.1 in D♭ major S.170
Franz Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor S.171

Entrant in Composing the Future 2021 

Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital

No.11 Harmonies du soir

I. Pagodes
II. La soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie

No.5 At the Cradle

Felix Mendelssohn/Sergei Rachmaninoff: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op.61

I. Allegro brilliante
II. Scherzo. Molto commodo
III. Quasi variazioni. Andantino de Clara Wieck
IV. Prestissimo possible

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo. Presto
III. Andantino
IV. Allegro vivace

Fritz Kreisler: La Gitana

I. Allegro assai vivace
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Adagio
IV. Molto allegro e vivace

No.2 Liebesleid

Final Round 1: Concerto 1800 and Earlier

I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Allegro assai

Final Round 2: Post 1800 Concerto

I. Adagio sostenuto assai – Allegro agitato assai – Un poco più mosso – Tempo del andante –
II. Allegro moderato –
III. Allegro deciso – Marziale un poco meno allegro – Un poco animato – Un poco meno mosso –
IV. Allegro animato