Richard Octaviano Kogima

Richard Octaviano Kogima is a Brazilian pianist, composer, and conductor.

Born in November 1990, he is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Piano Concert Performance at the Zurich University of the Arts in the class of Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of São Paulo and his Performance Diploma at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. His former teachers include Professors Eduardo Monteiro, Guigla Katsarava, and Maria José Carrasqueira.

Richard has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas in halls including the Salle Cortot (Paris), University Aula (Norway), Howard Performing Arts Center (USA) the Mirabell Palace (Austria), and Auditório Cláudio Santoro (Brazil). He has been a laureate at various national and international competitions, most recently winning 1st prize at the FLAME International Competition in Paris; the Audience Prize at the Alain Marinaro International Piano Competition in Collioure; 1st prize at the Andrews University International Music Competition in Michigan, USA; and 2nd prize at the Florianopolis Latin American Competition in Brazil.

Richard has integrated music festivals such as the Festspillene I Bergen and Valdres Sommersimfoni in Norway, the Usedomer Musikfest and the Emil Gilels Festival in Germany, the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in the USA, and the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil.  He has participated in master classes with artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Rudolf Buchbinder, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Christian Zacharias. He has served as assistant conductor of the UNASP Youth Orchestra and principal conductor of the Carlos Gomes Choir in São Paulo, Brazil, and worked as an assistant Kantor at the Adventist University Church of São Paulo.

2016 Olga Kern International Piano Competition Aspiration Foundation Award-Winner, Semifinalists Honorable Mention Award-Winner, and Press Award-Winner.

“Sheer talent does not come more transparently.”

Bryce Morrison, Gramophone