About Akiko

 

Akiko launched her career after winning numerous prizes in prestigious competitions including first prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin (2000), Viotti-Valsesia (2002) and Forval Scholarship Stradivarius Japan (2003). She was also a laureate of the Concours Reine Elisabeth (2001), Paganini (1999) and Szigeti Competition (2002).

Since then she has enjoyed performing with major orchestras such as the Weimar Staatskapelle, Belgian National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, collaborating with conductors including Hans Drewanz, George Alexander Albrecht, Shlomo Mintz, Saulus Sondeckis, James Judd, Paul Watkins, Matthias Bamert, Gilbert Varga, Christian Arming, Christopher Warren-Green and Yutaka Sado.

Akiko made her debut with Yehudi Menuhin and the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra at the UNICEF Gala Concert in Germany in 1998. In the same year, she was invited by Vanessa Redgrave, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to perform at the UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” where she performed a Bach Partita.

She has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Central America, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Tokyo Festival Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Hall and Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels.

Akiko sets great value in outreach activities and educational projects and has worked with the Red Cross, UNICEF and Live Music Now, as well as other institutions. She is one of the appointed artists of the Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities since 2006 and is a course leader of the Maiastra Chamber Music. Akiko also leads the Orpheus Sinfonia which supports the finest young musicians emerging from conservatoires across Britain. Every summer, Akiko coaches and plays chamber music with Yutaka Sado’s Super Kids Orchestra in Japan. 

In July 2016, Akiko launched a new summer violin course MusicSpace at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, in partnership with Cambridge Summer Music. In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Akiko is also invited as guest concertmaster by various orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Nederlands Symphonieorkest. 

Born in Tokyo, Akiko moved to the UK when she was 12 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Subsequently she studied with Dora Schwarzberg and Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna. 

Her CD “Favourite Violin Pieces”, was released in 2008 with Ichiro Nodaira which has received rave reviews. Most recently, Akiko recorded her second album “Romance”, featuring works including Debussy, Stravinsky, Ysaye and Wagner which has been highly rated by top national music publications and newspapers.   

Akiko is a violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

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小野明子・ヴァイオリニスト
12歳で英国・メニューイン音楽院に単身留学し、メニューインに7年間師事。文化庁芸術家在外研修員としてウィーン国立音楽大、同大学院で学ぶ。 2000年メニューイン国際ヴァイオリンコンクール・シニア部門で優勝し、英国紙”ザ・タイムス”の一面トップを飾り一躍注目を集める。ビオッティ・バルセシア、フォーバルスカラシップ・ストディヴァリウス等のコンクールで優勝。またエリザベート王妃、パガニーニ、シゲティ国際コンクール等に入賞。1998年、ユニセフ・ガラコンサートにてメニューイン指揮/エッセン・フィルと共演し欧州デビューを飾る。同年、ニューヨーク国連本部で行われた「世界人権デー発足50周年記念会議」に招かれ、バッハ「パルティータ」を演奏。2004年、ニッポン放送「新日鐵コンサート」公開録音プロミシング・アーティスト・シリーズに出演。翌年、J.ジャッド指揮/NHK交響楽団とツアー公演を行う。
これまでワイマール響、ベルギー国立管、仏・リル国立響、ロンドン・モーツァルト・プレーヤーズ、ロンドン室内合奏団、リトアニア室内合奏団、サンカルロ歌劇場管等と共演。NYカーネギー、ロイヤル・アルバート・ホール、クイーン・エリザベス・ホールなどで演奏。国内では佐渡裕、下野竜也、飯守泰次郎、広上淳一、飯森範親、小松長生、C・アルミンクらの指揮のもと読売日本交響楽団、東京交響楽団、新日本フィル、東京シティ・フィル、兵庫芸術文化センター管弦楽団、札幌交響楽団、大阪フィル等と共演、世界30ヶ国で演奏する。Y.メニューイン、D.シュワルツベルグ、M.フリッシェンシュラーガー、小林武史、小林健次の各氏に師事。
現在、英国メニューイン音楽院にて教鞭をとる傍ら、室内楽奏者、国内外のゲストコンサートマスターとして幅広く活躍中。
佐渡裕氏率いるスーパーキッズ・オーケストラ特別指導者。
(財)地域創造・公共ホール音楽活性化事業登録アーティスト。
野平一郎氏と奏でる珠玉の小品集CD「チゴイネルワイゼン」(WWCC7595)好評発売中。

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