Jury Nordic Piano Competition 2019

Akemi Alink


Biography:


Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons.

Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and performed in important halls. Since 2010, she is playing regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya in Japan.

She plays solo and is also active in Chamber Music and Lieder Accompaniment. Since 2012, she forms a duo with German Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Gericke. They are giving Lieder- recitals in Europe and Japan.
Apart from her performances, she is also busy as a piano teacher. She has given lessons and masterclasses in Europe, Japan and the U.S.A.

Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine “Chopin” in Japan. She also made large reports and interviews about the major International piano competitions in the world, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan, the Sydney Competition in Australia and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel.

Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 17 years. She has been invited as a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in Brazil, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and the U.S.A., and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.