Yoshie Kuwahara / Piano


Born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, with various disabilities.

Won first prize in the piano section of the 48th All Japan Music Competition for Blind Students.

After graduating from the Music Department of Osaka Prefectural School for the Blind, she went on to study at Nagoya Art Junior College, where she studied in the jazz and pops course.

After graduation, she began her career as a professional pianist, performing at the UN Headquarters in New York and Carnegie Hall during World Human Rights Week 2007.

In the same year, she performed with the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2009, she won the bronze prize at the International Piano Festival for the Disabled in Vancouver.

In 2011, she performed at the International Piano Festival for the Disabled in Thailand and Singapore in commemorative concerts for the award winners.

In March of the same year, she received the Gifu Governor’s Arts and Culture Encouragement Award.

In 2012, she performed at the Gifu Prefecture athletes’ pep rally for the 2012 Gifu Seiryu Games held in the presence of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, and at the 39th National Tree-Raising Festival in 2015.

Currently, she plays the piano on a daily basis, aiming for music that can be conveyed to the heart.

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