Noted Japanese pianist Hiroko Nakamura dies

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Hiroko Nakamura, a noted pianist who was also known for her witty writings, died of bowel cancer Tuesday night. She was 72. 

 Born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Nakamura, whose real name is Hiroko Fukuda, joined a music school for children led by noted music educator Hideo Saito and others at the age of 3.

 In 1959, she made her debut by becoming the youngest ever competitor to win the top prize of the Music Competition of Japan.

 After studying at the Juilliard School in the United States, Nakamura won the fourth prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1965 as the first Japanese to achieve the feat.

 She was married to Akutagawa Prize-winning novelist Kaoru Shoji, who served as the chief mourner at her funeral, which was attended only by relatives.

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