Akiko EBI

Akiko EBI

Piano

Nihon University Graduate School of Art Japan



Bio

Japanese pianist Akiko Ebi launched her international career as winner of the 1975 Grand Prix of the International Marguerite Long Competition in Paris, where she was also awarded four special prizes by Arthur Rubinstein. In 1980, she was the laureate of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where jury member Martha Argerich took note of her artistry and became her mentor. After winning First Prize at the National Music Competition of Japan, Ms. Ebi continued her training at the Paris Conservatoire with Aldo Ciccolini, and pursued additional studies with Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner, Conrad Hansen, Colette Zerah .Ms. Ebi has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, China, the Middle East, and tours annually in her native Japan. Recently, she performed with such orchestras as L’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, l’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 Skrowaczewski, Janowski, Sinaisky, Guschulbauer, Foster, Sado etc. In addition to her recent chamber music performances include collaborations with such distinguished artists as Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Regis Pasquier, Angela Hewitt , Michel Dalberto , The Moragues Quinette, and the Parisii, Manfred & Via Nova Quartets. Ms. Ebi appears annually at many prestigious international music festivals including La Roque d'Antheron, Menton, Verbier, Echternacha, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Lisbon, Toledo , Madrid, IKIF in New York, Piano Texas, Salt Lake City, Folle journee in Nantes as well as in Tokyo etc. A prolific recording artist, Ms. Ebi has recorded Chopin’s complete Etudes, Preludes, Nocturnes and Impromptus, as well as works of Grieg, Franck, Webern and Pierne & Dynam-Victor Fumet (first world recording). She was awarded 2 times the Japanese Grand Prix d’Or for her recording of the works of Hikari Oe. This important disc brought international attention to this gifted composer, who was born developmentally disabled and unable to speak, but found his unique voice through his music. Regarded as one of the most important interpreters of French music among all Japanese pianists, Ms. Ebi was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 1993, and in 2002 she received Japan’s prestigious Exxon-Mobile Music Prize. Ms. Ebi has served on the juries of the world’s most important international piano competitions, including the Marguerite Long, Clara Haskil, Jose Iturbi, Vianna da Motta, Gina Bachauer, Martha Argerich, Maria Canals, Maj Lind, Epinal, Montreal and the competitions of Porto, Panama City, and the International Chopin Competition for eliminatory in Warsaw etc.She is the director of Yokohama International Piano concert as well as the president of jury at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competitio in Japan in 2012.