With her superlative technique and sensitivity of touch Yu Kosuge has become one of the world's most noted pianists of her generation. At the age of nine she made her debut with the Tokyo New City Orchestra and in 1993 she moved to Europe to continue her studies in Hannover and Salzburg.
Yu Kosuge has appeared at leading venues in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Vienna, London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tokyo and New York. She has been invited to festivals across Europe including Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musikfest in Bremen, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Holland Festival, piano festivals in Lille and La Roque d'Anthéron, and La Folle Journée de Nantes. She also enjoys chamber music and has performed with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
As well as regular performances in Asia and with all the major Japanese orchestras, Yu Kosuge has worked with many of the leading European orchestras including the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt, St Petersburg Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Jun Märkl, Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Sakari Oramo, Yutaka Sado, Mark Wigglesworth, Osmo Vänskä, and Vasily Petrenko.
Yu Kosuge’s upcoming debuts include Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Over the last few years, Yu Kosuge recorded Beethoven's 32 Sonatas and the complete box set was released in the autumn of 2016. Two years later Orchid Classics released the first of four CDs, Water, as part of her Four Elements cycle.
In March 2017 Yu Kosuge won the Suntory Music Award, presented to individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan.