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Hiroko Fukushima and Philip Defrancq

Beethoven Pianoforte Sessions

Hiroko Fukushima connects Beethoven's well-known Mondscheinsonate with a late Haydn, and is joined by tenor Philip Defrancq in some charming songs by both masters.

Fortepiano of John BROADWOOD (1732-1812) – London 1817

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Beethoven Pianoforte Sessions


Joseph Haydn 1732-1809
Piano-forte sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49  
Selection from original canzonettas Hob. XXIVa & XXVIa 

  • Pleasing Pain
  • Sailor's Song
  • She never told her Love
  • Piercing Eyes

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Klaviersonate Nr. 14 in cis-Moll, op. 27 Nr. 2, “Mondschein”
An die Ferne Geliebte, op. 98 


Hiroko Fukushima studied piano at the Elisabeth University in Hiroshima, Japan. After obtaining her master's degree, she studied chamber music and pianoforte with Boyan Vodinitcharov and Piet Kuijken in Belgium. After her studies, Hiroko Fukushima has developed into a versatile musician who performs in BOZAR, Flagey and many other places. She is a member of ensembles such as Trio Horta and Trio Ocells. Besides her concert activities, she teaches at the Kunsthumaniora Brussel and at the Academie Zaventem.

Tenor Philip Defrancq studied at the conservatories of Brussels, Leuven, Ghent and London and has been performing on (inter)national stages for over 30 years. His repertoire covers both old and new music. He also has a predilection for opera. He has worked on various productions by Muziektheater Transparant and you could see him at work in Opera Ballet Vlaanderen on several occasions.