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Hikaru Kanki is a Japanese pianist and chamber musician. Her concert activities took her to Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Semperoper Dresden, as well as to festivals such as Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker and LIEDBasel.

She finished her musical education up to her Konzertexam at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with Roland Krüger and Jan Philip Schulze. Further artistic impulses were given by Bernd Goetzke, Ian Fountain, Walter Blankenheim, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Andrzej Jasinski, Brigitte Fassbaender, Renée Fleming, Peter Schreier, Anne Le Bozec and Hartmut Höll.

Hikaru Kanki won the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition "Lia Tortora" in Italy in 2014 and the 2nd prize and the Audience Award at the International Lake Constance Music Competition in 2019. She received the best pianist prizes at the Helmut Deutsch International Song Competition (2018), the Maritim Music Prize (2018) and the Wigmore Hall/ Bollinger International Song Competition (2022). At the International LiedDuo Competition 'sHertogenbosch in the Netherlands, she received 1st prize with baritone Arvid Fagerfjäll and the Rudolf Jansen Pianist Prize (2021).


Hikaru Kanki was also a scholarship holder of "Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan", "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover e.V." and the Udo Reinemann International Masterclass. For the 2023-2024 season she is a Britten Pears Young Artist.


Since 2020 she is a faculty member as a piano accompanist for Voice class at HMTM Hannover and since 2023 she teaches art song as a „Dorothea-Erxleben“ scholar, focusing on making projects with contemporary art song at HMTM Hannover.

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