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Mai Akagi

maiakagi_profile_pict.jpgMs. Mai Akagi, a native of Osaka Japan, is a multi-talented artist who is a highly promising pianist and a scholar of arts management, active in various areas of music field.

Ms. Mai Akagi began her piano studies at the age of four. During her teens, she received awards from Kawai Piano competition and JPTA (Japan Piano Teachers Association) competition. She has also performed numerous concerts in Japan and the United States since her younger age. In 1993, Ms. Akagi participated in a cultural forum between US and Japan, performing at the United Nation in New York City and was invited Arcady Music Festival in Maine. She has also performed Beethoven “Appassionata” in Carnegie hall in 1999 sponsored by the Music Center Japan.

Ms. Akagi received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with “Iwa Watanabe Prize” at the Eastman School of Music. There she studied piano under Berry Snyder, Natalia Antonova, and chamber music with Jean Barr. As a student of Tim Olsen, she took organ lessons and served as an organist at St. Theodore Church. Ms. Akagi has participated and performed in the Aspen Music Festival, Russian School, and Holland Music Sessions, studying with John Perry, Vitary Margulis, Geogy Sandor.

In 2002, Ms. Akagi moved to Tokyo and began to pursue additional studies Arts Management and Cultural Policy. She has received her Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Tokyo National University of the Arts(Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) with scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation. She has also successfully made her solo debut recital in Tokyo in 2003, a concert with Jenny Zhen in Chengdu, China in 2004, and Arcadia Piano Trio concert in 2004 and 2005.

She successfully balances an active performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist with teaching at Showa University of Music, where she is Assistant Professor of Arts management.

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