Hajime Kobayashi, 50
Management consultant
Niiza, Japan

Hajime Kobayashi, a 2011 Cliburn Amateur competitor, did not receive any formal music education, but was exposed to classical music as a child. He majored in architecture at the University of Tokyo, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. Later, he received an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. After a long interval away from the piano, he resumed playing in 2007 and has since won the Piano Teachers National Association Competition as well as the audition for the Artus Music Society. Mr. Kobayashi is looking forward to reuniting with competition friends this year, as well as brushing up on his piano skills. In his free time, he is interested in a broad array of academic concerns, from mathematics to Western history, and he likes to work out at his local gym, watch American television series, and garden.


Preliminary Round
MENDELSSOHN   Variations sérieuses, op. 54

Quarterfinal Round
CHOPIN   Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, op. 50, no. 3

Semifinal Round
SZYMANOWSKI   “L’ile des Sirenes ” from Metopes, op. 29
BACH   Prelude and Fugue in B Major, WTC II, BWV 892
SCRIABIN   Sonata No. 7, op. 64 “Messe blanche”

Final Round
SCHUMANN   Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54: III. Allegro vivace