YASUO KURIMOTO

AGE 61  I  KOBE, JAPAN  I  JAPAN
OPTHALMOLOGIST

Dr. Yasuo Kurimoto says he had wanted to participate in the Cliburn Amateur Competition for 10 years before initially achieving that goal in 2016, and his interest in the Competition’s namesake goes back further: “Van Cliburn has been my hero since I was a child.” He took private piano lessons but pursued medicine as a career, receiving his medical degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1995 from Kyoto University. Currently, he is the director of the Kobe City Eye Hospital. Yasuo has found success competing in amateur contests around the world, most recently placing first in Boston and Tokyo, both in 2019. An opera buff who also enjoys skiing and wine, he looks forward to again meeting piano lovers from around the world in Fort Worth.