Performance Sunday, April 3, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Aimi Kobayashi

Weill Recital Hall


  • Aimi Kobayashi, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, "Pathétique"
  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F Minor "Appassionata"
  • RAVEL Sonatine
  • CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

  • Encores:
  • SCHUMANN ROBERT SCHUMANN Träumerei from Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 7
  • MOSZKOWSKI Etude de virtuosité in F Major, Op. 72, No. 6
  • CHOPIN Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1


  • Aimi Kobayashi

    Japanese pianist Aimi Kobayashi was born in the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan in 1995, and began her piano studies at the age of 3. This young artist has already built an astonishing career, having performed with major artists, conductors, and orchestras in prestigious venues around the world.

    Miss Kobayashi made her concert debut at age 8 with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, followed by her international debut at the Salle Cortot in Paris the next year. She made her New York debut in 2005 at the age of 9 at the American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented's Passion of Music concert held at Carnegie Hall. This performance was broadcast across Europe by La Chaîne Info, the leading French national news television network. Miss Kobayashi returned to Carnegie Hall for the AADGT's Passion of Music concerts in 2006 and in 2008, receiving great critical acclaim. She has also performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Kraków and Warsaw, Poland; Seoul and Daegu, Korea; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; and all across Japan. Miss Kobayashi has appeared with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov, Filharmonia Krakowska, Orkiestra Filharmonii Poznańskiej, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Frans Brüggen, and the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira with James Judd.

    Miss Kobayashi has distinguished herself with many awards, including first prizes at the Huper Piano Concours and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. She has also won the Yamaguchi Prefecture "Glory Culture Prize" three times. In 2010, Miss Kobayashi was presented with a "Chopin Passport" by the Polish government at the Polish Embassy Grand Reception, an event celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth.

    In February 2010, Miss Kobayashi released her first CD, Aimi Kobayashi Debut, with EMI Classics / EMI Music Japan. A second CD features her performances of Beethoven's "Appassionata" and "Pathétique" sonatas, and Schumann's Kinderszenen.

    Miss Kobayashi currently studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in the preparatory division as a scholarship student. She has been under the tutelage of Yuko Ninomiya since the age of 8. The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented, a New York-based nonprofit organization that supports young artists, has been actively supporting and helping Miss Kobayashi for many years.
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JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; ROHM Co., Ltd. and Rohm Music Foundation; Sony Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi International Corporation; Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.

With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC; Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation.

With special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan; Japan Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism Organization; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York.


Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826 (I. Sinfonia)
Aimi Kobayashi, Piano
EMI Music Japan

At a Glance

In her Carnegie Hall debut recital, 15-year-old Japanese pianist Aimi Kobayashi pits two darkly tragic Beethoven sonatas (the “Pathétique” and the “Appassionata”) against Ravel’s bright Sonatine and two works by Chopin: the agitated Scherzo No. 1 and the triumphant First Ballade.
Program Notes
The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists generously provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.

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