Biography

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Hikaru Kanki was born in Japan in 1993. She took piano lessons from Motoko Toyoda, Kimiko Higuchi and Noriyuki Miyazawa. Since 2012 she has been studying at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with Prof. Roland Krüger, where she completed her Bachelor and Master degree with the highest marks. Apart from her solo studies, Hikaru is also working with Prof. Jan Phillip Schulze for Lied Interpretation. Starting from 2019 she is studying her post graduate and Master of Lied Interpretation and had the honor to premiere Alfred Koerppen’s and Manfred Trojahn’s art songs in Hannover. Among other things she performed in sommerliche Musiktagen Hitzacker and Liederfest at HMTMH.

She was 1st Prize winner at the International “Lia Tortora” Competition in Italy. She won in 2018 the 1 Prize at the International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition in Vienna and at “19. Maritim Musikpreis” for the best pianist. Hikaru received both the 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the Internationaler Bodensee Wettbewerb.

She participated in several concerts and recitals in Japan, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Russia. She was invited by Animato to play at the Salle Cortot, Paris. At the age of 11 she gave her first performance as a soloist with the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra.

She attended numerous masterclasses given by for example Bernd Goetzke, Walter Blankenheim, Jean Fassina, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Matti Raekallio, Andrzej Jasinski, Piotr Paleczny, Anne Le Bozec, Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier, Ann Murray, Christianne Stotijn and Juliane Banse.

In 2011 and 2015, Hikaru organized benefit concerts with other young musicians for the victims of natural catastrophes in Fukushima Japan. A donation from the second concert was given to a foundation, which contributed new pianos to people who lost theirs due to these incidents.

Hikaru was a scholarship student of the “Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover e.V” and “Udo Reinemann international masterclass” and was also a recipient of a fellowship from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Since 2020 she is a faculty member for vocal studies as a piano accompanist.