Akiko Konishi

Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Chamber Music
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Dr. Akiko Konishi received her early training in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and subsequently completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University as a double major in English and Music. She continued her graduate studies at Yale University and University of Houston, under the guidance of renowned pianists Peter Frankl and Abbey Simon.

Awards and achievements: 

As an active chamber musician, Akiko has performed with members of the Houston Symphony in the Channing Chamber Series, and recently toured Italy and Bulgaria as a winner of the Mercadente International Chamber Music Competition. Additional honors include finalist prizes in the Ima Hogg Houston Symphony Concerto Competition and the F. Awerbuch International Piano Competition (New York), as well grand prizes in the Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition and the Rio Hondo Symphony Concerto Competition.

She has appeared as soloist with the Shepherd School Symphony (Rice University), D'Angelo Competition Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, RioHondo Symphony (California), Symphony North Houston, and the Chicago Federation of Musicians Orchestra, and performs extensively in guest artist venues across the United States.  During the previous season, she appeared in a guest artist recital at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (Ohio) and with the Triton College Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto).

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Ms. Konishi's upcoming engagements include several chamber music concerts and a repeat performance with the Chicago Federation of Musicians Orchestra in March (Grieg Piano Concerto). In addition to her work with instrumentalists, she has collaborated with vocalists through the Yale Opera Program and, this summer, was invited to the Chautauqua Music Institute as faculty collaborative pianist.
She has also held the position of Collaborative Pianist at Interlochen Arts Academy in the summer of 2009, and the past two summers joined the artist faculty of the Okemo Young Artist Program in Vermont.
Akiko currently teaches Applied Piano, Chamber Music, and Ear Training courses at Triton College in River Grove, IL and is also a member of the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago.