„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 highly and warmly.“
Praised for “genuinely memorable performance” by BBC Music Magazine, pianist Miki Aoki is widely recognized for her diverse abilities as pianist and as a collaborative artist.
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 and 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 third CD, Mélancolie was released in May 2016 and was awarded a special prize by Japanese music magazine “Record Geijutsu”. Her newest recording Tokyo Story was released in 2018.
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), Steirisches Kammermusik Festival(Austria), Tertis International Viola Competition and Festival (Isle of Man), 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, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Washington Sinfonietta and Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.
Her performances have been broadcast on NDR-North German Radio, RBBRadio 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 and BBC Radio 3.
As a collaborative pianist Ms. Aoki has been invited by the Heifetz International Music Institute, International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie, International Summer Academy Bad Leondfelden, International Mendelssohn Summer School, International Violin Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy and KONTUREN Brühl. Ms. Aoki regularly plays for lessons and masterclasses of internationally renowned musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Tetzlaff, Maxim Vengerov and Tabea Zimmermann. Since 2007 Ms. Aoki works with exceptionally talented young performers at the prestigious Kronberg Academy.
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. Ms. Aoki obtained a distinction in the Konzertexamen degree at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.(Mit Auszeichnung).
Currently based in New York City, Ms. Aoki is a Doctorate Candidate at SUNY Stony Brook and is a teaching assistant under Gilbert Kalish. Since September 2019 Ms Aoki also works at the Juilliard School as studio pianist for Professor Carol Rodland.
About: Munich ARTISTrio
Matjaž Bogataj - violin (2nd Violin Principal/ Bayerische Staatsoper)
Maruša Bogataj - cello (Principal Cello/Slovenian Radio Orchestra)
Miki Aoki - piano
Munich ARTISTrio was founded by Solovenian siblings, Maruša and Matjaž Bogataj. Upon successful completion of solo studies, they finished their chamber music master degree in July 2014 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with highest distinction.
In September 2013 the Munich ARTISTrio was awarded the Second Prize at the 14th competition ACM Trio di Trieste in Italy.
The trio recorded Ravel's Trio in A Minor for RTV Slovenia, Brahms and Schubert trios for Bavarian National Radio. In 2014 the trio performed in Graz (Austria) alongside Schumann Quartet at the "Europäisches Podium" recorded live by Austrian Radio, ORF. Later in the same year, the trio was invited to perform at the Festival »Imago Sloveniae« in Ljubljana. In 2015, they gave a performance of Martin Sadowski's 'Stufen', the winning work of Harald-Genzmer-Kompositionswettbewerb in Munich. They returned to Italy to perform at the chamber music festival ACM Trieste.
Munich ARTISTrio was joined by their new pianist Miki Aoki in 2017 and has so far, recorded three trio works at the National Slovenian Radio Station in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
photo: Tania Mendillo