Copyright © Rinko Kobayashi. All rights reserved. Hosted & Powered by HIPERSYSTEM LTD Home page Biography Discography Contact Professor Hideo Saito, the professor of Seiji  Ozawa who established the famous Saito Memorial  Orchestra and named it after his master, commented on  Rinko Kobayashi's performance when he heard her  playing Concerto in A major by Liszt "She will become  one of the few soloists who can lead orchestras with her  charisma". Jan Weber wrote in Ruch Muzyczny "... She  is a genuine pianist with outstanding skill ... playing  Rachmaninov with demonlike fervour, releasing a  veritable storm over the keyboard, all the while in  perfect agreement with the composers intentions..." I had been unable to work out the complexity of the Sonata even while listening to  pianists such as Ogdon, Cliburn or Horovitz. Rinko Kobayashi showed a superb grasp of the Sonata, revealing an absolute command of the piano. But Rinko Kobayashis feature is not only her passionate side, but also  her subtle sensitivity not to speak of colourful and beautiful tones. Nowadays,  very few pianists touch your heart with their performance. But Rinko  Kobayashi is one of such pianists whose excellent technique never disturbs the  music flowing directly from the heart. After her recitals, and especially when  she plays Beethoven, the audience find themselves in tears and say they went  all with goose bumps. She herself says her playing is her praying to God. At the age of five, as a wonder girl, she had regular weekly performances on the radio  and television to a very enthusiastic audience. She studied with such renowned  professors as Motonari Iguchi, Mieczyslaw Munz, Edward Auer and Andrzej  Jasinski. She achieved her first success by winning the competition for laureates of the NHK-Mainichi Music Competitions in 1973 and at the F.Chopin  Competition where she received a diploma and a special award. From that  moment she began her international career. She has been giving recitals and playing with orchestras virtually in all  European countries, at Wigmore Hall in London, the special concert for the  50th Anniversary of the Chopin Society in Warsaw, the solemn concert on the  occasion of the official visit of the Queen of Denmark Margerete II to Poland,  and she has also participated in the International Meisterkonzerte series in  Vienna, to name only a few. She has also played at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall where she got  standing ovation from the full house. From 1987 until its dissolution, she had  been the soloist for the Warsaw Radio and TV Chamber Orchestra. Regular  annual tours throughout Poland and frequent visits to her native Japan add up to her schedule of over 50 concerts a year. She has been invited to a number of  international Festivals.   She made many recordings for radio and television in Europe, USA and Japan, as well as many disques. In 1999, she recorded Roman Maciejewskis  works, which was the world first recording, and it was nominated for The  Fryderyk Prize in the department of contemporary music. Later that year, her  Chopin Forever CD became the first Gold CD (sold 10000 CD) as a classical  piano music on CD in Poland. In 2000, it was followed by the first Platinum  CD (sold 20000 CD) as a classical piano solo recording in Poland. In 1988, she  was awarded LOrdre du Merite Culturel by Polish Minister of Culture for her  popularisation of Chopins music in the world. In 2002, she was awarded Knight Cross by president of Republic of Poland. Biography Polski 日本語