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Mayuko Akimoto

Born in Tokyo, Mayuko Akimoto began her musical training at the age of three playing violin and marimba. At the age of ten, she started taking lessons on flute and piano. In 2008, she won the scholarship to study abroad at St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH, USA). After graduating St. Paul’s School with “Magna Cum Laude” honor in 2011, she moved to Germany to study at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She has graduated from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts with Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2016 and currently studies with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

Mayuko Akimoto has won numerous prizes including the 1st prize at the 11th Japan Junior Wind and Percussion Competition, 1st prize at the Keiser Music Competition of St. Paul’s School (2010), best performance prize at the Julius Baker Masterclasses in Connecticut, USA (2010), 3rd prize at the National Flute Competition in Golbey, France (2013), special prize at the 69th Geneva International Music Competition (2014), 2nd prize at the 37th National Music Competition in Riddes, Switzerland (2015), special prize “Alice Rosner Prize” at the 64th ARD International Music Competition (2015), and 4th prize at the 9th Kobe International Flute Competition (2017).

In 2009, she was accepted into the Young Artists Orchestra at Boston University Tanglewood Institute and performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival. She is a member of Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (German Youth Philharmonic Orchestra) from 2014 and has been an intern at Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since August 2016.

Her former teachers include Pirmin Grehl, Sabine Morel, Jutta Pulcini, Felix Renggli, Judy Grant, Jean Benson, Masako Hirano, Hideaki Sakai and Kaoru Kitamura.

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  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat major, K. 378 (arr. for flute and piano), I. Allegro moderato

  • Widor: Suite for Flute and Piano, IV. Final

  • Widor: Suite for Flute and Piano, III. Romance

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  • 9th Kobe International Flute Competition (Final) 3 June, 2017

    W.A.Mozart: Rondo in D major, K.373 for flute and orchestra

  • 9th Kobe International Flute Competition (semi-final) 1 June, 2017

    Boehm: Variations on a theme by Schubert, Op. 21


    Gaubert: Fantasie


    Holliger: Sonata (in)solit(air)e (excerpt)

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