special projects

Noriko adores collaborating with other artists and promoters and often engages in unusual projects, repertoire and commissioning. Noriko is also a regular writer. Details of some of her recent collaborations and projects can be found below:

Debussy Anniversary (2012) and Bridgewater Hall Reflections on Debussy

Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterNoriko has since childhood been fascinated by the music of Debussy. Now recognised as one of the world's finest exponents of his music she is helping lead the celebrations for Debussy's 150th anniversary in 2012. Through her recitals, the release in January of her boxed set of complete Debussy piano music on BIS and through her collaborations as Associate Artist at Bridgewater Hall and curation of Reflections on Debussy, Noriko seeks to introduce this wonderful composer to new audiences. Noriko Ogawa's role is central to the launch of Bridgewater Hall's 2011-12 International Concert Series, and the festival which also focuses on the composer's special relationship with Japan and the East.

The Reflections on Debussy Festival is a series of eight concerts taking place from January to June 2012 which will see The Bridgewater Hall joining forces with the BBC Philharmonic following the successful Mahler in Manchester series during 2010 in which both organisations played a major role.

The Reflections on Debussy Festival will be a fascinating exploration of his major orchestral and piano works, and also his influence on Takemitsu and living Japanese composers. Noriko Ogawa's imaginative list of musical collaborators include violist Nobuko Imai, violinist Kyoko Takezawa as well as her English musical partners Martin Roscoe and Kathy Stott.

For more information about Reflections on Debussy or to purchase tickets please visit:


Noriko's writing projects

Together With The Piano, by Noriko OgawaNoriko is a regular writer and contributor to both music and general press. She contributed regularly to ‘Musica Nova’ where her monthly column ‘Mails from London’ was a huge success and ran from 2002-2007.

Noriko also writes for the magazine from Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall where she acts as Artistic Advisor to the hall.

Noriko Ogawa's first book ‘TOGETHER WITH THE PIANO’ has been published by JIJI PRESS and is available to purchase on Amazon.co.jp.

Out of Silence, by Susan TomesNoriko is now working on a Japanese translation of Susan Tomes's book Out of Silence - a pianist's yearbook.

…the Japanese pianist ranged from whisper (a contemporary Japanese piece for Nambu bell and piano) to sonic deluge (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition)… New Zealand Herald

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