biography

 

Described as “a natural performer and communicator”, Pianist Yukiko Akagi has been lauded as “a pianist who displays a unique temperament and vitality”  -  Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review.

 

Born in Tokyo, she made her debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall in October 2004, highly praised by the critics. Since then her career has blossomed throughout the United States, performing in some of its most important venues, such as Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center. The Columbian hails her as “…a pianist of great presence, who took everyone’s breath away with her superb playing”, and the New York Sun highlights her “gigantic performance” of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata. Her performances have been recorded and broadcasted by New York’s WQXR, Portland’s KBPS and CVTV, Cleveland’s WCL, Chicago’s WFMT, and Spanish National Television.

 

Yukiko Akagi has regularly been invited to perform in Spain, appearing in some of the country’s most important venues, such as Palau de la Música Catalana and Palau de la Música de Valencia, Auditorio Miguel Delibes in Valladolid, Teatro Monumental of Madrid or Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, to name a few. In addition to having recorded for the Spanish National Television and Radio, she has been a guest soloist with some of the main orchestras, such as RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfònica del Vallès or recently  by Baleares Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, where she was praised as a “consummated pianist who offered a tremendous interpretation” – El Mundo Cantabria.

 

Highlights among her honors and awards include the Second prize at Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona, 2005), Fundación Guerrero International Piano Competition (Madrid, 2006) and First prize at Jose Roca International Piano Competition (Valencia, 2006). She has also been awarded with distinctions such as the Dorothy Mackenzie award from the New York International Keyboard Institute & Festival and the Japan National Piano Teachers Association as well as receiving in 2002 the Artist Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

 

Ms. Akagi is interested in exploring new repertoires and adding slight new approaches to the essence of the traditional concert experience.  Her project of the “400 years anniversary of cultural exchange between Japan and Spain” presents Spanish and Japanese compositions along with the on-stage interaction of Japanese Calligraphers.

Ms. Akagi earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Toho College of Music in Tokyo, her Master of Music Degree at Mannes College of Music and  her Professional Studies Certificate at Manhattan School of Music.  She has been  mentored by such distinguished pianists as Ruth Slenczynska, Earl Wild and György Sándor.  Since 2013 Yukiko makes her home in Barcelona, Spain.