Contestant 16: Akihito Okuda
Born in 1985, Akihito Okuda made his critically-acclaimed debut with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12, after winning the Kanagawa Piano Competition in 1997. Since then, he has won many prizes in both national and international competitions.
In the past few years, he was one of the 12 solo finalists in the 56th Busoni International Piano Competition, and was also the 1st prize winner in many other international competitions. After winning prizes in the Isang Yun International Competition in Korea in 2010 and in the Epinal International Piano Competition in France in 2011, he was later honored with the Marguerite Meister Crescendo Music Prize in Switzerland.
In 2012, he made his debut in the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall and in 2013 he played in the Berlin Philharmonic, as soloist, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1.
Following his piano studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts, he continued his studies at the Zürich University of the Arts in Switzerland, with Prof. Homero Francesch.
Alongside his piano studies, Okuda is majoring in musicology at the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2012.
Here’s a trailer for “Chopin Reloaded”, in which Akihito Okuda features.