Katsumi Ueda, Japon - member of the piano Jury 2014
Born in Sapporo in 1949, Katsumi Ueda studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts with Jun Date and Toyoaki Matsuura, then at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the Universität der Künste Berlin with Klaus Schilde. During his studies, he attended lectures on Beethoven by Wilhelm Kempff. He won awards at many international competitions, including 2nd Prize at the Concours Long - Thibaud in Paris in 1977. He has given concerts in Japan, China and Europe, performing with the NHK, Tokyo Metropolitan, Sapporo and Berlin Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Osaka Philharmonic and the Deutsche Bachsolisten among others. He also plays chamber music with some of the best-known musicians. Between 1986 and 2005, he carried out some 30 performances for the « Katsumi Ueda Beethoven Series ». In 2007, he launched the « Katsumi Ueda Composer Series ». Katsumi Ueda has served as a jury member for international competitions in Japan (Sendai, Hamamatsu, Music Competition of Japan), in Korea (Isang Yun) and in Europe (Cologne). He has taught master classes in Japan and Germany. Katsumi Ueda is now Professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts.