Born in Nagoya, Japan, Kaoru Wada is a London based pianist with a diverse career as a performer and teacher. Kaoru has given solo, song and chamber recitals throughout Europe and all over the UK.
She trained as a solo pianist at the Royal Northern College with Mark Ray, Dina Parakhina and Alexander Melnikov, followed by studies at the Musik Hochschule in Munich, Germany as a prestigious DAAD scholar with the late Prof. Franz Massinger. In her teens, Kaoru attended the Manhattan School of Music Junior Department where she studied with Peter Vinograde and the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Aaron Shorr.
She later studied collaborative piano and chamber music with Caroline Palmer and Pamela Lidiard at the Guildhall School of Music as a Leverhulme and MBF Scholar, where she currently works as a staff pianist.
She was the recipient of the Accompanist Prize and the Paul Hamburger Prize awarded by the Guildhall School of Music, the latter prize awarded as a result of her performance of the Winterreise under the guidance of Graham Johnson. She was also a finalist in the recent Das Lied International Competition held in Berlin.
During her time at the Royal Northern College of Music, Kaoru was a finalist in the Yamaha Music Foundation Piano Scholarship Competition as well as winning all the chamber music prizes. At the age of 15, she performed at the Weil Hall, New York as a prizewinner in the Young Pianist of New Jersey competition.
As a soloist, Kaoru has been coached by Klaus Hellwig, Peter Lang, Bernard Roberts, Norma Fisher, Melvin Tan, Nelson Goerner, and worked with Valeria Szervansky at IMS Prussia Cove in 2009 on scholarship. As a chamber musician and song accompanist, she has had guidance from Gerald Finley, Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, David Geringes, Ivry Gitlis and Julius Drake.
She is particularly passionate about German lieder and has worked intensively as a recent laureate of Schubert Institute, where she was awarded a big scholarship and had the opportunity to work with Rudolf Jansen, Elly Amerling and Helmut Deutsche. She has also worked with Peter Schreier in Leipzig at the Mendelssohn Academy and with Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper as a Britten-Pears Young Artist.
Kaoru is also interested in the forte-piano period performance of 18th and 19th century music. She has worked with Malcolm Bilson, an American pianist and musicologist and one of the foremost players and teachers of the fortepiano. She has performed recitals at Lotherton Hall in Leeds on a 19th century Erard piano.
Recent performances include a BBC 3 broadcast for the Royal Philharmonic Society as well as a Proms Extra concert, also broadcast on BBC 3. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Gewandhaus, Barbican Hall, St James Piccadilly and St Martins in the Fields.
Kaoru is passionate about piano teaching and holds a post of piano tutor at Eton College.