Meet the Performers
A two-time prize winner of the Renée B. Fisher Competition, Chihiro Larissa Tsukamoto has performed at the Haydn Hall of Esterházy Palace in Austria, the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Hungary, the Schumann House in Germany, and Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.A. in Medieval Icelandic Studies from the University of Iceland. She will be graduating in May with a Ph.D. from Yale University, where she researches music therapy in ancient and medieval civilizations. Tsukamoto has applied her research as a volunteer harpist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has studied piano at New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School, and has also studied ballet at Steps on Broadway and percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. Tsukamoto has been a member of BCC since 2013.
Pianist Akiko Tsukamoto is an active solo, collaborated in chamber music and piano duo musician. She came to the U.S. in 1999 and attended the Yale University School of Music. A winner of the Nishinihon International Music Competition, she has performed and collaborated with members of the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, Akiko has been an enthusiastic music educator. Currently, she maintains private piano studio in Watertown, MA where she enjoys teaching with both children and adults. She is a member of the MA Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association and the Lexington Music Club. Akiko graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Akiko is the President and Executive Director of the Boston Charity Concert since 2013.