Famous Pianists from Japan

List of notable or famous pianists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top pianists born in Japan and even some popular pianists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese pianists then this list is the perfect resource for you. Here are also famous keyboard players from Japan and famous Japanese composers. These pianists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known pianist from Japan is included when available.

Mitsuko Uchida and Ryuichi Sakamoto are included on this list of famous Japanese piano players.

This historic pianists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese pianists of note?" and "Who are the most famous pianists from Japan?" These prominent pianists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese pianists.

Use this list of renowned Japanese pianists to discover some new pianists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 


  • Aimi Kobayashi is a pianist and actress.
    • Age: 27
    • Birthplace: Ube, Japan
  • Fumio Yasuda
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    Fumio Yasuda is a composer and pianist.
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Hikaru Hayashi (林 光, Hayashi Hikaru, October 22, 1931 – January 5, 2012) was a contemporary Japanese composer, pianist and conductor. Born in Tokyo, he was the cousin of flautist Ririko Hayashi. Hayashi entered Tokyo University of the Arts as a composition student but did not complete his studies. Studying under Hisatada Otaka, he produced many compositions including orchestral works. In particular, he was noted for his choral suite Scenes from Hiroshima (1958–2001). In exploring the possibilities of Japanese language opera, Hayashi composed more than 30 operas. He was artistic director and resident composer of the Opera Theatre Konnyakuza. His oeuvre also includes symphonic works, works ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1931-2012)
    • Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan
  • Inamoto Hibiki
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    Inamoto Hibiki is a film score composer.
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Sakai, Japan
  • Kaoru Wada
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    Kaoru Wada

    Kaoru Wada (和田 薫, Wada Kaoru, born May 5, 1962) is a Japanese music composer and arranger. He has composed the scores for many anime series including Strange Dawn, Inuyasha, Princess Tutu, Samurai 7, D.Gray-man, and Casshern Sins.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Japan
  • Kensaku Tanikawa is a film score composer and a pianist.
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan