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Kanade Tsurusawa

Updated: Dec 10, 2021

She expresses her music very naturally, nothing artificial and it is enough to pass her feelings to the audience’’ - Minoru Nojima

Born in Hiroshima and raised in Tokyo, Japan, she began piano at age of 5.

An active solo pianist Kanade Tsurusawa has performed in Spain, Austria, Poland, China, South Korea, U.S. and throughout Japan. Kanade has performed as soloist with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kraków Chamber Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Ochestra, Tokyo College of Music GALA orchestra, Casalmaggiore Music Festival Orchestra and has given piano recitals at major venues including Yokosuka Art Theatre(Kanagawa, Japan)and Oji-hall(Tokyo, Japan). She has been establishing trust as a chamber musician, the artists she collaborated includes members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Opera Orchestra. In 2019, she was invited as a pianist for string division in Casalmaggiore Music Festival(Italy).

Kanade has won numerous prizes which include 1st Prize in the 6th Nojima Minoru-Yokosuka Piano Competition(2016), 2nd Prize in the 4th Chopin Piano Competition in Japan(2019), Silver Medal in the International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA Concerto C category(2012), Bronze Medal in the PTNA Piano Competition in Japan superior category(2012). In 2015, she participated Preliminary round of 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Additionally, she was supported by YAMAHA Music Foundation in Japan during 2015 – 2017. Kanade obtained a Bachelor of Music degree with the piano department’s highest marks from the Tokyo College of Music where she was mentored by Prof. Reiko Kikuchi, Hironao Suzuki, Toshiko Kiyooka, and Prof. Minoru Nojima. She is currently pursuing an Artistic Diploma degree at the Vancouver Academy of Music, with Prof. Lee Kum-Sing.

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