Eliko Akahori, piano
Eliko Akahori has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist to great acclaim on four continents. Recent performances include a live broadcast of Brahms’ Clarinet Trio on WGBH radio in Boston, and a series of recitals in Austria and Spain with Vienna Philharmonic principal flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz. In 2003, Ms. Akahori received the first prize, Coleman-Barstow Award, in the 57th Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Past collaborators in recitals, chamber music concerts, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts include members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago, Montreal, Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, among others. She is currently on the faculty at Wellesley College. Ms. Akahori has performed in many festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, IMAI in Maine, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Ms. Akahori holds a Master’s of Music in Music Theory from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Kunitachi College of music in Japan, where she was the winner of both the Yamaha Young Artist’s Award and the Yomiuri Musician’s Award in the same year, graduating with Academinc Honors and Highest Distinction in Performance. In 1996, Ms. Akahori performed for the Japanese Emperor’s Family in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.