Praised for “genuinely memorable performance” by BBC Music Magazine, pianist Miki Aoki is
widely recognised for her diverse abilities as pianist and as a collaborative artist. Ms. Aoki
combines her career performing solo recitals and chamber music, with working alongside young
string players. Ms. Aoki is currently appointed as senior lecturer at Graz University for Music and
the Performing Arts, in Austria. Additionally Ms. Aoki frequently plays for the prestigious Kronberg
Academy as staff pianist.
Ms. Aoki is recording exclusively for German Label Hänssler Profil. Her debut album of Zoltan
Kodaly's piano works was released in the fall of 2011 and won critical acclaim. The second CD,
The Belyayev Project, featuring fascinating compositions varying from solo piano works by Liadow,
Glazunov and Blumenfeld to the piano Trio by Rimsky-Korsakov was released in 2013. The
Fanfare Magazine praised it as “graceful, expressive and transparent performance” and The
Ensemble Magazine (Germany) wrote, “…pianist Miki Aoki interprets magically”.
Her most recent CD, Mélancolie was just released in May 2016.
A frequent guest artist of prestigious concert series and festivals around the world, Ms. Aoki has
performed on the stages of St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, the Royal Festival
Hall and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre, the Barbican centre, Blackheath Halls (UK),
Laeizhalle Hamburg, Gasteig München, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenssal Hannover (Germany),
Philia Hall, Munetsugu Hall (Japan), Wiener-Saal (Austria), St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall
(Russia) as well as in festivals such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Salzburger Festspiele,
Rheingau Festival (Germany), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), International Chamber
Music Festival Silver Lyre (Russia), Beaulieu-sur-la Mer (France), Valdres Festival (Norway),
Copenhagen Summer Music Festival (Denmark), Tembi Festival (Indonesia), Phnom Penh
International Music festival (Cambodia) and International Classical Music Festival. (Myanmar).
Ms. Aoki has performed as soloist with National Symphony, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra,
Hamburg Camerata and Washington Sinfonietta. The legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman invited Ms.
Aoki to his Chamber Music festival in Long Island, USA in 2006.
Ms Aoki's performances have been broadcast on NDR-North German Radio, RBB-Radio Berlin
Brandenburg, BR Classics, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Suisse Romande, ORF Austria,
Radio France, 98.7 WFMT Chicago, MPR Classic and ABC Classic FM Australia.
Highlights of the current season include a solo tour in South Africa as well as chamber music
performances at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya, and a solo
recital at Philia Hall Yokohama. Later in the season, Ms. Aoki will perform at Copenhagen Summer
Festival, Sunnmøre Festival (Norway) and a series of recitals in Hawaii as well as in California. A
Re-engagement to St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall with violinist Frederieke Saeijs is scheduled
for October 2017.
Highlights of the previous season saw Ms. Aoki in the Winners&Masters Series at Gasteig Munich
with violinist Iskandar Widjaja as well as in the Essener Jugendstil Series at Essen Philharmonie.
Ms. Aoki also returned to her native country of Japan for a solo tour in major cities including Tokyo,
Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe. Other highlights included recital with Noah Bendix-Balgley (1st
concertmaster of Berlin Philharmonic) and live radio broadcast recital at PianoForte Foundation in
As a collaborative pianist Ms. Aoki has been invited by International Summer Academy Mozarteum
Salzburg, Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, International Summer Academy Bad
Leondfelden, International Mendelssohn Summer School, International Violin Masterclasses at
Kronberg Academy and KONTUREN Brühl. Ms. Aoki regularly plays for masterclasses of
internationally renowned musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Eschenbach, Christian
Tetzlaff, Maxim Vengerov and Tabea Zimmermann.
Ms. Aoki started playing the piano at age 4 and moved to London at age 9 where she joined the
Purcell School of Music. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Yale University. In 2007
Ms. Aoki obtained a distinction in the Konzertexamen degree at Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Hamburg.(Mit Auszeichnung). Her main teachers were Roshan Magub, James Gibb, Reiko Neriki,
György Sebök, Boris Berman and Evgeni Koroliov.
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[English translation of review in Das Orchester]
The Belyayev Project
Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Liadov and Blumenfeld
The Belyayev Project
Performers: Miki Aoki (piano), Andrey Baranov (violin), Alexey Zhilin (cello)
Verlag/Label: Profil/Edition Günter Hänssler PH12033
Review Category: CDs
Published in Das Orchester 09/2013, page 82
"...This CD contains some of the pieces for solo piano where Miki Aoki gives the convincing evidence, which is certainly their own idiom to dominate a highly finished Russian Piano School. The other pieces are well-rehearsed here, bumping the processes of such works, the original one in other robes knows - for example in the striking Rimsky-Korsakov famous Flight of the Bumblebee Jascha Heifetz arrangement for violin and piano. A feat, we are happy to time as any concert performance we would wish, as offered here masterfully played by Andrey Baranov."