As a performing musician, EBI Akiko has actively taken part in music festivals and recordings for TV and radio stations and for CD labels all over the world, including her native Japan, Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America, Russia, China, Middle East and Egypt, over the past 30 years.
EBI Akiko won the 41st Music Competition of Japan as a freshperson at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire as the top student, she continued her studies in graduate school of the Conservatoire. EBI was the 2nd Grand Prix winner of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, where she was also awarded four special prizes by A. Rubinstein. She also received the 5th Prize in the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition (4th prize not awarded). She has received awards and official commendations, including the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan Award, two of the Japan Gold Disc Award, Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government, a medal of honorary citizen of Paris and the Exxon-Mobile Music Prize (Japan).
She has performed under the baton of Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Vassily Sinaisky, Marek Janowski, Jean Fournet, Zdeněk Košler, Theodor Guschlbauer, Lawrence Foster, Erich Bergel, Rani Calderon, Frans Bruggen, Michiyoshi Inoue, Yutaka Sado, Kenichiro Kobayashi and many other eminent conductors and with orchestras, such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, theTokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and local symphony orchestras in Sapporo, Kansai, Hiroshima and Kyushu, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Argentine National Symphony Orchestra as well as orchestras in Latvia, UK and other countries. In the field of chamber music, she has played a number of times with Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Regis Pasquier, Arto Noras, Gautier Capucon, Yumino Toyoda, Angela Hewitt, Michel Dalberto, the Moragues Quintet, the Parisii Quartet and Quatuor Via Nova.
Her recent 2-piano recitals with Martha Argerich have been repeatedly broadcast all over the world. She has taken active part in music festivals, such as Verbier, La Roque d'Anthéron, Lugano, Menton, Cannes, New York IKIF, Texas, Salt Lake City, Duszniki, Enescu, Echternach, La Folle Journée (Nantes, Tokyo, Niigata, Lisbon), Buenos Aires, Toledo, Madrid, Tokyo and Beppu. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious music halls, such as Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Wigmore Hall, Teatro Colón and Suntory Hall.
In spring 2012, EBI completed recording in Warsaw for a CD of Chopin’s complete preludes and impromptus on an Erard of 1838. She has released 11 CD albums, including works of Dynam-Victor Fumet (world’s first performance), Anton von Webern, César Franck, Gabriel Pierné’s Quartet for Piano and Strings and Hikari Oe’s works for piano. Her publications include sheet music, “Ravel: Complete Piano Works” (3 volumes), and a book, “Aldo Ciccolini - Je Suis Un Lirico Spinto” (Japanese translation) published by Zen-On Music Company Ltd.).
Enjoying the full confidence of pianistic circles worldwide as one of the most distinguished pianists representing Japan, EBI has been asked to teach master classes and to serve on the jury of international piano competitions in different parts of the world.
As a music educator, she formerly served as Visiting Professor at Department of Instrumental Music (Piano), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and is currently Professor at Graduate School, Nihon University College of Art. She is trustee of the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan and chairperson of the Planning Committee of Yokohama International Piano Concert. She studied with Hisako Endo, Junko Kojima, Rie Okamura, Susumu Nagai, Toyoaki Matsuura, Kazuko Yasukawa, Aldo Ciccolini, Marie-Claire Laroche, Louis Kentner, Conrad Hansen, Colette Zerah and Vlado Perlemuter.
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