Mayuko Akimoto

Duo mit Flötistin Mayuko Akimoto

Die Japanische Flötistin Mayuko Akimoto und Yutaka Nishimura lehrnten sich beim 64. Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD 2015 kennen.

Nach dem Mayuko Akimoto den Sondernpreis „Alice-Rosner-Preis“ gewonnen hat, führten sie März 2016 gemeinsam Auftritte als Duo in Japan (Yamaguchi, Nagoya und Tokyo) auf.

Mayuko Akimoto

Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Mayuko Akimoto began her musical training at the age of three playing violin and marimba. At the age of ten, she started taking lessons on flute and piano. In 2008, she won the scholarship to study abroad at St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH, USA). After graduating St. Paul’s School with “Magna Cum Laude” honor in 2011, she moved to Germany to study at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She currently studies with Pirmin Grehl at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Lucerne, Switzerland).

Mayuko Akimoto has won numerous prizes including the 1st prize at the 11th Japan Junior Wind and Percussion Competition, 1st prize at the Keiser Music Competition of St. Paul’s School (2010), best performance prize at the Julius Baker Masterclasses in Connecticut, USA (2010), 3rd prize at the National Flute Competition in Golbey, France (2013), special prize at the 69th Geneva International Music Competition (2014), 2nd prize at the 37th National Music Competition in Riddes, Switzerland (2015), and special prize „Alice Rosner Prize“ at the 64th ARD International Music Competition (2015).

In 2009, she was accepted into the Young Artists Orchestra at Boston University Tanglewood Institute and performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival. She is a member of Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (German Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) from 2014 and has been an intern at Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since August 2016.

Her former teachers include Kaoru Kitamura, Hideaki Sakai, Masako Hirano, Jean Benson, Judy Grant, Felix Renggli, Jutta Pulcini, Sabine Morel.

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