"A great expressiveness and an unusually dazzling technique."
Ayako Miki was born into an artist family with ceramicists, photographers and musicians like Nichio Miki who was a cellist, conductor and founder of the Tokyo Mozart Chamber Orchestra.
As a young child, Ayako made her first performance on Swedish radio playing Für Elise by Beethoven. Later she was chosen as a soloist to join the orchestra of the music school on a small tour in Austria. During her early studies in her hometown Örebro (Sweden), she also had the privilege to perform solo recitals in Örebro Concert Hall.
Before Ayako moved to Stockholm to study music full-time, she was a part of both the Haydn and Schumann Festival. She was also awarded with a number of scholarships from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music , in Stockholm. (The same academy distributing the Polar Music Price).
Among these scholarships, she received the Maj von Rosen scholarship in 1999. (Only one pianist was selected in each age category). She received the scholarship at a lovely ceremony in the academy's premises, where she also performed.
At the Royal Danish Academy of Music, she studied with the Czech pianist Bohumila Jedlickova (student of Adele Marcus and Guido Agosti). Previous studies at the Royal College of Music was finished with a degree of Master in Music. Her main teachers were Professor Staffan Scheja and Professor Stefan Bojsten, but she also studied chamber music with Professor Anders Kilström and Professor Mats Widlund. Already the first year, she was granted the highest grade in chamber music with Kilström as tutor.
Ayako receives Maj von Rosen's scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, 1999. (Maj von Rosen in red).
Ayako has also participated in several masterclasses with pianists such as Yonty Solomon, Paul Roberts, Erik Tawaststierna, Michel Béroff, Emanuel Krasowsky and Andrzej Jasinski.
During the summer 2009 Ayako was chosen as one of the rising stars, among older more established pianists in Denmark, in a concert series held at Karens Minde Culture House.
Year 2011 she was invited to play at a festival in Spain, Gran Canaria.
Ayako Miki´s repertoire range from early baroque music to modern composers such as Torú Takemitsu, and she has performed in Scandinavia as well as Europe.
After Ayako moved back to Sweden life took a different turn. Health and lifestyle as well as sustainability became very important matters to her, in the same time as she realized she wanted to spend more time playing by herself. Music had become too much about performing and too little about art. Too much about delivering and too little about sharing. –Something she knew had to change, before she was ready to play in public again.
As a part of her new and healthy lifestyle yoga came into the picture, which helped her to connect deeper with her instrument on a physical level. As she says; “Playing the piano is like real fast yoga for your fingers.”
May we hear her play again? Whoever lives will see. ;-)
"Ayako Miki's nimble fingers conjured up Beethoven's Pathétique op 13 from the grand piano of the concert hall."
Ulf Hjelting, Nerikes Allehanda
Ayako is an unusual pianist, gifted with a natural musicality and the interest for the deeper layer of music. ~ Bohumila Jedlickova (Docent)
Super gifted. ~ Prof. Staffan Scheja
Such a virtuoso. ~ Prof. Anders Kilström
Ayako Miki is a great piano talent. Her playing is known by its warmth and rich variety of tonal coloring. ~ Prof. Stefan Bojsten
You understand Debussy. ~ Prof. Jonty Solomon
So super musical. ~ Nina Gade (Docent)
Your music makes my worst day feel better than most people's best day... ~ Anonymous