Pianist     Koki Kuroiwa

Koki Kuroiwa biography


Koki Kuroiwa was born in Kanagawa Prefecture on February 5, 1992. He has been learning the piano since he was four years old. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with the highest grade, and after completing his master class, he studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

In 2013, Koki took the 1st prize and Public prize in the 11th Tokyo Music Competition. In 2015, he was awarded 1st prize in the 84th Music Competition of Japan and in the 19th Matsukata Hall Music Prize. In 2017, he was 4th prize in the 13th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and awarded the Orchestra prize. In the same year, the 6th Akiyoshidai Music Competition Chamber Music Department, highest prize. He also won the 1st prize at the 4th Ishikawa International Piano Competition. In 2018, he won the 3rd prize of the “in Musica” Roma International Piano Competition 2018.  In 2019, he was awarded 1st prize in the Kyungsung International Piano Academy and Competition (KIPA). 

The “Koki Kuroiwa Piano Recital” held at the Kyoto Aoyama Music Foundation Barocksaal in 2017 was awarded the “Aoyama Music Award 2017” for being described as the most wonderful concert of 2017. In 2019, he was awarded the " Utsunomiya Esper Prize" as the best musician in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. He has a wide repertoire, from Bach to Contemporary, and was selected for the 2019 Tokyo Opera City Recital Series "B→C Koki Kuroiwa Piano Recital" and held a concert.

Koki is active not only as a solo piano player, but also in a wide variety of chamber music with oboe, flute, violin, cello, saxophone and vocal music. Therefore, his piano performance has earned the highly trust of domestic and foreign performers. He has also played with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra, the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (GBR), the Roma Tre Orchestra (ITA), and so on.

In December 2017, he was invited as a young Japanese pianist from "Music House" in St. Petersburg, Russia, and co-starred Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the conductor Mr. Alexander Titov and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. That performance was acclaimed by the music director Mr. Sergei Roldugin.

So far Koki was given Aoyama Music Foundation scholarship student and Japan Federation of Musicians scholarship student and he was chosen as Rohm Music Foundation scholarship student in 2016, 2017.

He has studied under Naomi Serizawa, Haruhi Hata, Akira Eguchi and Falvai Sándor until now.

Following the debut CD "sailing day" released in 2017, the 2nd CD "Pictures at an Exhibition" released in 2019 were highly evaluated and chosen as the Special Edition of Record Arts, as follows “It sounds like pictures painted by colorful sounds like orchestra”. ”No one can play what he do”.