Aki KurodaMEMBER

    After graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts,
    Aki performs extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician both in
    Japan and in Europe, especially in Italy. She won first prizes in the
    1993 French Music Competition and the 1997 Contemporary Music
    Competition. In 1995, she was awarded the Xavier Montsalvage Prize for
    Performance of Contemporary Piano Music in Spain.

    Besides the classical repertoire, Kuroda has performed pieces by many
    contemporary composers, such as Ligeti, Xenakis, Donatoni, Boulez,
    Campo, Mochizuki and Takemitsu. In 2003 she gave a brilliant
    performance in the Teatro Regio di Parma, playing Mussorgsky’s
    Pictures at an Exhibition and a composition dedicated to her by
    Maurizio Pisati. She subsequently performed Michael Jarrell’s
    Modifications at the Ticino Musica Festival. In 2004, Kuroda gave a
    wonderful performance of Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie Op. 9 in its
    piano solo version in Tokyo and Osaka. At present Kuroda is working
    with renowned musicians such as the clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare
    and the Prometheus Quartet.

    She has devoted special attention to Astor Piazzolla’s works, to whom
    her first solo albums are dedicated (Japan Victor). Kuroda is
    acclaimed not only as a classical and contemporary music pianist, but
    also as a tango and jazz music performer. Her videogame music
    recording Final Fantasy X. XIII, Piano Collection has been universally
    praised. In 2004, she released the album Tarkus and Pictures at an
    Exhibition, dedicated to the works of Keith Emerson. In 2008, she
    performed Sylvano Bussotti’s new composition The Poetic Keyboard at
    the Cagliari Spaziomusica Festival.

    Aki Kuroda’s 2014 disc ‘Firebird’, released by the Ordradek label, has
    also earned her considerable critical acclaim, receiving 5 stars from
    the BBC Music Magazine among various other distinctions. Kuroda is
    also a member of the Tokyo Gen’On project and the commission of the
    Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan (PTNA).

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