Biography-Miki Aoki

 

 

„I wish to call attention to a remarkable young artist, Miki Aoki.  I had many opportunities to hear her performances in my class, and on many different occasions.   Her talent, sensitivity and her convincing performances as a soloist impressed me.  Her alertness and understanding of musical intention makes her an interesting and attractive performer, her technique and musical intelligence predestines her to be on stage. I recommend her higly and warmly.“  

 György Sebök

 


 

Praised for “genuinely memorable performance”  by BBC Music Magazine, pianist Miki Aoki is widely recognised for her diverse abilities as pianist and as a collaborative artist. Ms. Aoki combines her career performing solo recitals and chamber music, with working alongside young string players. Ms. Aoki is currently appointed as senior lecturer at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts, in Austria. Additionally Ms. Aoki frequently plays for the prestigious Kronberg Academy as staff pianist.

Ms. Aoki is recording exclusively for German Label Hänssler Profil. Her debut album of Zoltan Kodaly's piano works was released in the fall of 2011 and won critical acclaim. The second CD, The Belyayev Project, featuring fascinating compositions varying from solo piano works by Liadow, Glazunov and Blumenfeld to the piano Trio by Rimsky-Korsakov was released in 2013. The Fanfare Magazine praised it as “graceful, expressive and transparent performance” and The Ensemble Magazine (Germany) wrote, “…pianist Miki Aoki interprets magically”.
Her most recent CD, Mélancolie was just released in May 2016.

A frequent guest artist of prestigious concert series and festivals around the world, Ms. Aoki has performed on the stages of St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre, the Barbican centre, Blackheath Halls (UK), Laeizhalle Hamburg, Gasteig München, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenssal Hannover (Germany), Philia Hall, Munetsugu Hall (Japan), Wiener-Saal (Austria), St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russia) as well as in festivals such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Salzburger Festspiele, Rheingau Festival (Germany), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), International Chamber Music Festival Silver Lyre (Russia), Beaulieu-sur-la Mer (France), Valdres Festival (Norway), Copenhagen Summer Music Festival (Denmark), Tembi Festival (Indonesia), Phnom Penh International Music festival (Cambodia) and International Classical Music Festival. (Myanmar).
Ms. Aoki  has performed as soloist with National Symphony, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, Hamburg Camerata and Washington Sinfonietta. The legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman invited Ms. Aoki to his Chamber Music festival in Long Island, USA in 2006.
Ms Aoki's performances have been broadcast on NDR-North German Radio, RBB-Radio Berlin
Brandenburg, BR Classics, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Suisse Romande, ORF Austria, Radio France, 98.7 WFMT Chicago, MPR Classic and ABC Classic FM Australia.

Highlights of the current season include a solo tour in South Africa as well as chamber music performances at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya, and a solo recital at Philia Hall Yokohama. Later in the season, Ms. Aoki will perform at Copenhagen Summer Festival, Sunnmøre Festival (Norway) and a series of recitals in Hawaii as well as in California. A Re-engagement to St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall with violinist Frederieke Saeijs is scheduled for October 2017.

Highlights of the previous season saw Ms. Aoki in the Winners&Masters Series at Gasteig Munich with violinist Iskandar Widjaja as well as in the Essener Jugendstil Series at Essen Philharmonie. Ms. Aoki also returned to her native country of Japan for a solo tour in major cities including Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe. Other highlights included recital with Noah Bendix-Balgley (1st concertmaster of Berlin Philharmonic) and live radio broadcast recital at PianoForte Foundation in Chicago.

As a collaborative pianist Ms. Aoki has been invited by International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, International Summer Academy Bad Leondfelden, International Mendelssohn Summer School, International Violin Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy and  KONTUREN Brühl. Ms. Aoki regularly plays for masterclasses of internationally renowned musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Tetzlaff, Maxim Vengerov and Tabea Zimmermann.

Ms. Aoki started playing the piano at age 4 and moved to London at age 9 where she joined the
Purcell School of Music. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Yale University. In 2007 Ms. Aoki obtained a distinction in the Konzertexamen degree at Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Hamburg.(Mit Auszeichnung). Her main teachers were Roshan Magub, James Gibb, Reiko Neriki,
György Sebök, Boris Berman and Evgeni Koroliov.