Wataru Hisasue


Wataru Hisasue
Born in Kyoto (Japan) in 1994. He started playing the piano at the age of 5. Wataru Hisasue received his first prize at the age of 12 at the 8th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. In 2015, he followed it up with the "First Grand Prix" and the “Musideco” prize at the 2nd Concours International de Piano - Ville de Gagny, at the 7th Concours International de Piano de Lyon he won both the first prize and the audience prize, and in 2016, at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition, he won the first prize in piano and the “German Pianist Prize” - awarded by the International Piano Forum Frankfurt. In 2017, he received the third prize at the 66th ARD Music Competition as well as the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work by Pascal Dusapin. Numerous solo performances took place such as in Tokyo, Kyoto, Berlin and Paris. Wataru Hisasue performed in the Konzerthaus Berlin at the “Young Euro Classic Festival 2016”, in Mülheim with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and at the “AUDI Music Festival 2016” he performed with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra in Ingolstadt. He followed an invitation to the festival “Prèmiere Rencontre autour du piano 2016” in Guadeloupe, where he gave a master class in addition to piano solo recitals. At the music festival “42nd Franconian Music Days 2017” in Alzenau, he performed with the renowned cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. In 2013, he began his bachelor studies in piano at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Prof. Gilead Mishory. In 2015/2016, he studied as an Erasmus student at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP), where he received piano lessons with Prof. Emmanuel Strosser, in improvisation chorégraphique with Prof. Franck Prévost and Deborah Shannon-Diouf. Since October 2017, he has been studying in the Master’s program at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Pascal Devoyon and Prof. Klaus Hellwig. He was supported as a scholarship holder by the Heiwado Foundation in Japan, the Freunde-Junger-Musiker Berlin e.V., the Rohm Music Foundation in Japan and the Society for the Promotion of the Freiburg University of Music e.V. (Carl Seemann Prize 2015). In collaboration with the Italian label “Musideco”, his first recording was produced in 2015 and can be heard on music download/streaming websites such as iTunes, Amazon and Googleplay.

CHANEL Pygmalion Days 2019 Artist.

(As of November 2023)