Naruhiko Kawaguchi was born in Morioka, the capital of Iwate prefecture, and grew up in
Yokohama, Japan. He is the prizewinner of several competitions from competitions all over the world:
the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. the International Competition Musica Antiqua Bruges 2016, the 1st Rome Fortepiano International Competition (Premio Muzio Clementi), the Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours 2015
(Amsterdam), Stanley Hoogland Square Piano Award 2016 and the 27th International Competition for Early Music in Yamanashi (Japan), to name but a few. He has performed fortepiano
recitals in Wunderkammer of Trieste and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Monteverdi Festival (Cremona), Festival Oude Muyiek Utrecht, Goldberg Festival Gdansk and so on. Naruhiko has a special
interest in Spanish music, performing a program entitled “From the time of Goya” in Tokyo in 2014 with works of Spanish composers from the classical period. He continues to be an advocate for
this special repertoire on the fortepiano.
He is also active in ensemble playing with singers and various
instrumentalists. In 2016, he premiered the second edition of " Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano" by F. Poulenc with
Saxton Rose (bassoon), and Nicholas Daniel (oboe) in U.S.A. o.a.. He can be heard on the CD "Ballad for the Earth" with the harmonia ensemble on the Brain Music
label, and his first solo recording of works by J. L. Dussek was released by Brilliant Classics in 2015. His second solo CD of works bz F. Schubert was
released from Fuga Libera in 2017. And his recording of Bartok's "Sonata for two pianos and percussion" will be released from his own label, MUSIS in 2018.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in musicology from the Tokyo University of the Arts as well as a Master's
degree in Early Music from the same university, where he won the Acanthus Prize in 2015. And he holds a Master's degree in Early Music from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he
graduated in 2017 with "cum laude". He has studied fortepiano with Kikuko Ogura, Christine Schornsheim and Richard Egarr, clavichord with Menno van Delft.