KONDO Nobuko


KONDO Nobuko studied piano at the Kunitachi College of Music Junior & Senior High School, and at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she earned a doctoral degree for her study on Stockhausen's piano works. She studied at Universität der Künste Berlin as a DAAD fellow from 1986 to 1988. She is the recipient of numerous honorable awards for her performance in competitions such as the Arthur Schnabel Piano Competition, the William Kapel International Piano Competition, and the Busoni Piano Competition, among others. She has also presented as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra. She was also invited to the Suntory Summer Festival, Tokyo Summer Festival and other music events.

Her major interests lie in contemporary twentieth century works and in J. S. Bach's keyboard music. She began her recital series "The Piano Music of the 20th Century" in 1993, where she performed numerous piano works by K. Stockhausen, I. Xenakis, J. Cage, and T. Takemitsu, among other contemporary composers. Since 1998, she has continued her "Kondo Nobuko Plays Bach" series, which has till now covered almost all of J. S. Bach's soloistic keyboard works. Her recital featuring " Well-Tempered Clavier I" in 2000 was highly acclaimed. In 2014, she became the recipient of the Arts Festival Excellence Awards from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, for her interpretation and performance of "Natürliche Dauern" by K. Stockhausen. She has released several CDs as listed below, among which "KONDO Nobuko Plays J. S. Bach - Musikalisches Opfer" was nominated as "The Best Music Disk of the Month" by Record Geijutsu Magazine in 2015. She has studied under eminent teachers like Hatsuko Inoue, Yoshie Kohra, Kazuko Yasukawa, Hitoshi Kobayashi, and Klaus Hellwig.

Since 2016, she has been Professor of Keyboard Music, Kunitachi College of Music.

Recital Series - The Piano Music of the 20th Century

I (1993)

K. Stockhausen: Klavierstück VII, VIII, X, XI, XII

II (1996)

K. Stockhausen: Synthi-Fou (Klavierstücke XV)
K. Stockhausen: Klavierstück V
K. Stockhausen: Kotakte
Fumio Tamura: Keishakaku

III (2002)

T. Takemitsu: For away
C. Nankarrow: Two Canons for Ursula
T. Takemitsu: Les yeux clos
T. Takemitsu: Les yeux clos II
I. Xenakis: Evryali
K. Stockhausen: Luzifers Traum oder Klavierstück XIII

IV (2008)

K. Stockhausen: Klavierstück I-IV
K. Stockhausen: Natürliche Dauern (Nrs, 13, 14, 21)
K. Stockhausen: Tierkreis (Aquarias, Aries, Taurs, Cancer, Scorpio)
K. Stockhausen: Klavierstück X
K. Stockhausen: Luzifers Traum oder Klavierstück XIII (für Baß und Klavier) (2008)

V (2010)

A. Schönberg: Drei Klavierstücke Op.11
A. Schönberg: Sechs kleine Klavierstücke Op.19
A. Schönberg: Fünf Klavierstücke Op.23
A. Schönberg: Suite für Klavier Op.25
A. Schönberg: Klavierstücke Op.33a / 33b
A. Schönberg: Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment Op.47
A. Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht Op.4 (1899) bearbeitet von E. Steuermann

VI (2012)

O. Messiaen: Préludes I, II, VIII
O. Messiaen: Quatre études de rhythme
O. Messiaen: Catalogue d'oisseaux (La bourscarle)
O Messsiaen. Quatuor pour la fin de temps

VII (2014)

K: Stockhausen: Natürliche Dauern für Klavier

VIII (2016)

Kaija Saariaho: Ballade for Piano
Karen Tanaka: Crystalline
Karen Tanaka: Techno Etudes
Keiko Harada: Nach Bach (I, II, III, IV, XXI, IX, X)
Unsuk Chin: Piano Etudes
Sofia Gubaidulina: Piano Sonata

Recital Series - Kondo Nobuko Plays J. S. Bach

I (1998)

Goldberg-Variationen J. Cage. Sonatas and Interludes

II (2000)

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (Teil I) BWV846-869)

III (2005)

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (Teil II) BWV869-893)

IV (2007)

Partiten BWV 825-830

V (2010)

Engische Suiten BWV806-811 (2010)

VI (2011)

Französischen Suites BWV812-817
Ouverture nach Französicher Art BWV831

VII (2014)

Capriccio BWV992
Vier Duette BWV 802-805
Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge BWV903
Fantasie und Fuge a-Moll BWV904
Italienisches Konzert BWV971
Ricercar a 3 & a6 (Musikalisches Opfer) BWV1079

VIII (2015)

Die Kunst der Fuge (BWV1080)


Kondo Nobuko Plays J.S.Bach [ALCD-9153] (2015)

Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge. BWV903
Fantasie und Fuge a-moll BWV904
Ricercar a 3 / a 6 BWV1079
Capriccio B-dur BWV992
Vier Duette VWV802-805
Concerto nach Italienischem Gusto BWV971

Kondo Nobuko Plays Schönberg, Berg, Webern [WWCC-7489] (2004)

Arnold Schönberg:

Drei Klavierstücke Op.11
Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke Op.19
Fünf Klavierstücke Op.23
Suite für Klavier Op.25
Klavierstück Op.33a
Klavierstück Op.33b
Drei Klavierstücke

Anton Webern:

Variationen für Klavier Op.27

Alban Berg:

Sonate für Klavier Op.1

Kondo Nobuko Plays J.S. Bach - Toccatas [WWCC-7750] (2006)

J. S. Bach. Toccata BWV910-916