Eliko Akahori has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist to great acclaim in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent performances include a live broadcast of Brahms’ Clarinet Trio on WGBH radio in Boston, and a series of recitals in the U.S, Austria and Spain with Vienna Philharmonic principal flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz. Ms. Akahori also collaborated with Mr. Schütz in recording two CDs that were released in 2014. Ms. Akahori received the first prize, Coleman-Barstow Award, in the 57th Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Past collaborators in recitals, chamber music concerts, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts include members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago, Montreal, Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, among others. Ms. Akahori has performed in many festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, IMAI in Maine, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She is currently on the faculty at Wellesley College, where she is also director of the music performance program.
Ms. Akahori holds a Doctorate of Music in Collaborative Piano and Master’s degree in Music Theory, both from the New England Conservatory of Music, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the Kunitachi College of music in Japan. While studying in Japan, she was the winner of both the Yamaha Young Artist’s Award and the Yomiuri Musician’s Award in the same year, graduating with Academinc Honors and Highest Distinction in Performance. In 1996, Ms. Akahori performed for the Japanese Emperor’s Family in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.