University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria

Ayami Ikeba

Ayami Ikeba

Ayami Ikeba was born in Yokohoma, Japan. She began piano lessons at the age of four with her mother, later with Prof. Akiko Iguchi.

At the age of 15 Ayami Ikeba went to Munich in Germany to study with Prof.Ludwig Hoffmann at the “Hochschule für Musik in München” and graduated with distinction for Solo-piano. Later she finished the Meisterklasse for chamber music with Prof.Hugo Steurer.

She continued and studied at music universities in Warsaw, Hannover and Salzburg with Prof.Regeina Smendzianka, Prof.Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Prof.Alfons Kontarsky.

Ayami Ikeba won at the age of 18 the International Piano Competition “F.BUSONI” in Bolzano, Italy.

Her activity as a recitalist and as a soloist in orchestral concerts has been led her to Japan (e.g. with NHK symphony orchetra, conducter: André Previn) , South Africa, Australian, Indian, China and to the most important European centers of classical music.

She has performed as Piano-Duo with Alfons Kontarsky at major international festivals in Italy, Germany and Swiss and played numerous chamber music concerts with eminent soloists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Several radio recordings in Germany, Italy and Austria. CD recordings on the period piano with works by Tyrol composers in Landesmuseum Innsbruck.

Since 1999 she is a professor in ordinary for piano and since 2011 haed of piano departement at the “Universität für Musik in Graz.”