*7 VII 1953 Osaka
Japanese pianist AKIKO EBI launched her international career as runner-up in the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, in 1975. In 1980, she came fifth in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. After winning a competition in Japan, Ebi continued her training at the Paris Conservatoire with Aldo Ciccolini and pursued additional studies with Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner, Conrad Hansen and Colette Zerah, with Martha Argerich as her mentor. She has performed throughout the world, with such orchestras as the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, and orchestras in Russia, Poland, Slovakia and Argentina, with such conductors as Brüggen, Skrowaczewski, Janowski, Guschulbauer, Foster and Sado. In addition to two-piano recitals with Martha Argerich, she has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Regis 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. Her award-winning Hikari Oe disc brought international attention to this composer. 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 the world's most important international piano competitions.