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Akiko Ebi

Akiko Ebi

Akiko Ebi

*7 VII 1953 Osaka

Japanese pianist Akiko Ebi attended the National University of Fine Arts in Tokyo before continuing her studies at the Paris Conservatoire. She launched her international career as winner of the Grand Prix in the Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris (1975). In 1980, she came fifth in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She has performed throughout the world, with such ensembles as the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, all the leading Japanese orchestras and orchestras in Russia, Poland, Slovakia and Argentina, working with such conductors as Brüggen, Skrowaczewski, Janowski, Guschlbauer, Foster and Sado. In addition to two-piano recitals with Martha Argerich, she has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Régis Pasquier, Angela Hewitt, Michel Dalberto, the Morauges Quintet and the Parisii, Manfred and Via Nova quartets. She appears annually at many prestigious festivals in Europe, Japan and the US. She has recorded Chopin’s complete etudes, preludes, nocturnes and impromptus and also his First Concerto, as well as works by Grieg, Franck, Ravel, Fauré, Webern and others. Made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, she is also a recipient of Japan’s prestigious Exxon- Mobile Music Prize. She has been a juror of major international piano competitions, including in Hamamatsu and in Warsaw (Chopin Competition). She is a member of the trust board of the Chopin Society of Japan and committee president of the Yokohama International Piano Competition.


 

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