Kyoko Asaka
Born in Miyagi, Japan, Kyoko Asaka studied at the Osaka College of Music, under Prof. S. Okahara. She came to Germany in 2004 to study at the Liszt School of Music, Weimar, under Prof. K. Schilde and Prof. A. Torger, where she graduated in summer 2006. She then attended a masterclass in piano accompaniment under Prof. H. Deutsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich. In summer 2008, she completed this class with great distinction. Kyoko Asaka gave piano recitals and chamber performances in Germany, Japan, USA, Poland, Italy, Turkey and joined the Czech string quartet “Martinu” for a concert in Osaka. She also performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Osaka Opera House Orchestra. In March 2007, she was invited to the Czech Republic to perform nine recitals. In August 2007, she was awarded second prize at the Viennese international piano competition (Wiener Pianisten-Wettbewerb). In 2008, she performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with the soloists from the Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra at the Konzerthaus, Vienna. In 2009 she gave her debut in Vienna, Eroica Hall. In 2010 she performed the Piano concerto no. 1 of Chopin in Osaka, Izumi Hall and in Munich, Cuvilliés-Theater. Kyoko Asaka is a member of the Munich pianist’s association (Pianistenclub München). In April 2013 she was appointed as a senior assistant professor and in April 2017 promoted as an associated professor for the Music Course (piano) of the Faculty of Education at Ehime University in Japan.