Kojima Sae

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Kojima Sae was born in Osaka in 1999. She began studying the piano and composition at the age of six. Kojima won First Prize at the 91st Music Competition of Japan and won Argerich Arts Foundation Prize, Miyake, Iguchi, Nomura and Kawai Prizes at the same time. She won First Prize at the 10th Takarazuka Vega Piano Competition, Second Prize at the 11th OSAKA International Music Competition, Bronze Prize at the 36th PTNA E Grade National Competition, and the most excellent award (highest prize) at the 11th Sengawa Piano Audition. Kojima has performed as soloist with the New Japan Philharmonic, Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing the Yamaha Master Special Course at Yamaha Ongakuin in 2018, she graduated at the top of the class from the Instrumental Music division of the Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2022. At the university, Kojima won FY 2020 Miyata Ryohei Scholarship and the Mitsubishi Estate Award. At her graduation, she won Acanthus Music Prize, Geidai Klavier Prize and Doseikai Prize. Kojima was chosen to perform at Geidai Morning Concerts, New Graduate Introduction Concerts, Bo¨sendorfer Lunchtime Concerts. She has studied chamber music under Matsubara Katsuya, Azuma Seizo, Yamazawa Kei, and Suzuki Yoshitaka. Currently Kojima is studying the piano under Arimori Hiroshi and Urakabe Shinji. She is now in the first year at the master course in the graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts.