Artistic Director and Founder
The vibrant pianist Akiko Sasaki’s dynamic performances and detailed instruction have anchored her a prospering position as a concert pianist and music educator in the New York City area. Praised as, “impressively sensitive and interactive,” (City Arts New York), Sasaki has appeared throughout Europe and the United States as soloist and chamber artists. She has collaborated with many prominent artists from around the world, including artists from the Metropolitan Opera, the Harlem Quartet, and the Pacifica Quartet. Sasaki has appeared in venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, WQXR's Green Spaece, Rubin Museum, Roulette, Newman Center of Performing Arts, Chandler Center for the Arts, and as a winner of New York City’s Artist International competition, she gave a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Sasaki is also a winner of the Lamont Concerto Competition and Notes at Nine Thousand Emerging Artist competition. Other distinguished accomplishments include winning the Allied Arts Music Award, the Bernstein Crossman Piano Award, the New York City Distinguished Artist Award presented by Mu Phi Epsilon, and the Bettylou Scandling Hubin Award for World Music.
Ms. Sasaki is an active and notable music educator. She is a former faculty member of the Kauffman Center’s Lucy Moses School, New York City’s public school for musically gifted children. Currently, she maintains her own studio, Forte>Piano Studio in New York City and Beacon, New York. Ms. Sasaki is regularly cultivating music education programs and concert series throughout the New York area. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Lyra Summer Music Festival & Workshop, Co-Founder of Musical Explorers, Co-founder of Performing Pianists of New York, and Co-founder of the Beverley Concert Series. Ms. Sasaki serves on the Board of Directors of the Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon, NY, where she curates and presents the Classic for Kids Concert Series. In addition, Sasaki is a founding member of Keys to the City, a music education awareness project in the Hudson Valley.
Sasaki received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Denver. Her success in Colorado led her to study abroad in London at the Guild Hall School of Music with one of England’s foremost pedagogues, Benjamin Kaplan. She continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Master's degree in Piano Performance. Sasaki’s former instructors include Alice Rybak, Jeffrey Cohen, Jose Mendez, Miyoko Lotto, and Julian Martin.