Shoko Kuroe

Shoko Kuroe was born in Japan and received her first piano lesson at the age of four. As a three-year-old, she had heard a Beethoven recital given by Wilhelm Kempff, which made a lasting impression on her. In 1981 her family moved to Hamburg where she was taught by the legendary pedagogue, Eliza Hansen, pupil of Edwin Fischer and Artur Schnabel. Although admitted to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg when only 15 years old, she maintained a keen interest in her general studies and graduated from the International School Hamburg with a top International Baccalaureate Diploma. Later on, she consolidated her theoretical background in the musicology seminars of Jens-Peter Reiche and Christoph Hohlfeld. Masterclasses with Christoph Eschenbach, Andrei Gavrilov and the Cleveland Quartet as well as contacts with leading artist personalities, such as Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Herman Krebbers greatly influenced her musical development and helped her find her own artistic identity.

 

She was prize winner of several national and international competitions, and scholarship winner of the "Zeit Stiftung" and the "Oscar-und-Vera-Ritter-Stiftung". In 1994 she was selected to perform a recital in Athens, representing Germany in the "Series of Young European Musicians".

Shoko Kuroe has performed as soloist with many leading orchestras both at home and abroad, such aus the Göttinger Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Hamburger Mozart Orchester, Romanian National Symphony Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivalorchester, under conductors such as Horia Andreescu, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach and Saulius Sondeckis. She has given solo recitals venues in Europe, in the USA and in Japan such as at the Hamarikyu-Asahi-Hall in Tokyo. At the same time, she is an enthusiastic chamber musician, having performed with members of the Berliner Philharmonic and the Prazak Quartet, has also collaborated with narrators such as Evelyn Hamann, Hans-Jügen Schatz, Christoph Bantzer and Gabriele Schuchter.

 

Shoko has to her credit many TV- and radio recordings (e.g. ARD, ZDF, NDR, Romanian National Radio, Catalan National Radio, BBC) and live broadcasts, as well als CD productions (e.g. C2Hamburg, Polygram K.K.)  

 

Since 1986 she has regularly been invited to international music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, where she has also been an artist-faculty member at the Orchestra Academy.  

 

Shoko has a keen interest in making live classical music experience accessible for a wider public and sharing her love for music. She has participated family concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, in outreach programmes in the USA, in the "Music for Education" Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival and has developed a concert programme "Elise in Wonderland".