XIX Competition



Akiko Ebi

Akiko Ebi

Akiko Ebi’s career as a world-class pianist was launched after winning the 41st Music Competition of Japan in her freshman year at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She graduated at the top of her class from the Conservatoire in Paris, where she also pursued her graduate studies.

She was the Grand Prix winner of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition and also the 5th prize winner at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 1980.

For more than 30 years, Akiko Ebi has actively participated in festivals and recordings for TV and radio in Japan, Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Russia, China and the Middle East. She has performed with conductors such as Skrowacewsky, Brüggen, Foster, Janowski, Sinaisky, Guschlbauer, Calderon, Koschler, Fournet, Sado, Inoué, Kobayashi, etc. and with the philharmonic orchestras of Warsaw, Radio France, Monte Carlo, Luxembourg, Japan and New Japan, and the symphony orchestras National of Argentine, NHK, and Yomiuri Nippon, among others. A two-piano duo concert performed by Akiko Ebi and Martha Argerich was broadcast in Israel, Japan, and several countries throughout Europe, receiving high acclaim.

She has recorded 11 CDs, including solo works by Chopin and Ravel, duos for violin and piano (Lekeu, Fauré) and quintets for piano and strings (Webern, Franck and Pierné).

Akiko Ebi has been visiting professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and professor at the Graduate School of Nihon University College of Art. In addition, she is a trustee of the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan, and chairperson of the Planning Committee of the Yokohama International Piano Concert.

She has served on the juries of many international competitions around the world, such as the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud, the Chopin and the Hamamatsu, for which she has chaired the jury in two occasions.

Akiko Ebi has received numerous awards and official acknowledgments, including the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan Award, two Japan Gold Disc Awards, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government, a medal as an honorary citizen of Paris, and the Exxon-Mobile Music Prize (Japan).


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