Born in Nishinomiya, Japan, Hisako Kawamura moved to Düsseldorf, Germany, with her family at the age of 5, where she started studying piano with Kyoko Sawano. She continued her studies with Malgorzata Bator-Schreiber in Göttingen and Vladimir Krainev at the Hannover University of Music and Drama.
Kawamura's international concert career kick-started by outstanding successes at renowned international piano competitions. As well as receiving First Prizes at the Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey, the A. Casagrande International Piano Competition in Terni, the G.B. Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli and the European Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, she was named Laureate at the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels.
Hisako Kawamura has performed with orchestras and has worked with conductors Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Paavo Järvi, Zoltán Kocsis, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Temirkanov among many others. As a soloist, Kawamura has participated at major music festivals. She is also a sensitive chamber musician, performing with cellists including Clemens Hagen, Maximilian Hornung and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She has been encouraged by numerous scholarships from prestigious organizations and was also awarded important music prizes especially in Japan, at last in 2012 the prestigious Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists of Music by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Kawamura is committed to sharing her musical experience with the next generation: as well as a professorship at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany, she holds a position at the Tokyo College of Music.
Inspiriert von der engagierten pädagogischen Tätigkeit ihrer Mentoren, die ihre pianistisch-musikalische sowie konzertante Erfahrung an die nächste Generation weitergaben, unterrichtet Kawamura an der Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, wo sie 2015 zur Professorin berufen wurde. Gleichzeitig ist sie Sonderlehrbeauftragte des Tokyo College of Music.