Japan’s proud Chopin finalist has died, at 72main
Hiroko Nakamura was the first Japanese to finish among the final six at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, placing fourth in 1965 behind Martha Argerich, Arthur Moreira Lima and Marta Sosinska.
Her achievement was hugely celebrated back home and the NHK Symphony Orchestra took her on its first world tour. Married to the distinguished writer Kaoru Shoji, she went on to direct the Hamamatsu piano competition.
Hiroko died on July 26 of colonic cancer.