Akihiro SakiyaSupported by Club 32 donor Jennifer Harris


October 16, 1988


Finalist Prize: Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition (Santander, Spain)
First Prize, Spanish Music Prize and Audience Prize: International Piano Competition “Premio Jaén” (Jaén, Spain)
Third Prize (equal): Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy)
First Prize: International Piano Competition of Lyon (Lyon, France)
Second Prize (no First prize awarded): International Piano Competition AMA Calabria (Lamezi Terme, Italy)

Akihiro Sakiya began his piano studies at the age of six, studying in Japan until he was eighteen.  From 2008 to 2012 he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris as a pupil of Professor Jacques Rouvier, graduating as Dux. He continued his studies at the graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts with Professor Akiyoshi Sako, gaining his Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Akihiro has given many recitals around Europe, Asia, North and South America, including the Yokohama International Piano Concert, Festival de Nohant and Saõ Paulo Beethoven Exhibition. He has performed with many distinguished orchestras including Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española.

Akihiro has been working on a progressive recording project of Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas, with five CDs already released. Another CD, Akihiro Sakiya Piano Recital was released in 2015. In August 2019 he made his debut as a conductor, leading Salon Opera’s production of Don Giovanni.


Upcoming Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round

VII. Fauré:Après un Rêve Op.7 No.1 

No.9 Allegro moderato. Tempo di marcia

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto e con fuoco — Più mosso
Finale. Allegro con fuoco


No.3 Clair de Lune 

Semifinal Round

I. Grande Nuvem De Magalães 
II. Constelação I (Pavão)  
III. Alfa e Beta do Índio 
IV. Constelação II (Peixe Austral)  
V. Mercúrio (o Planeta maispróximo do Sol) 

I. Adagio sostenuto

II. Allegretto – Trio

III. Presto agitato

No.3 Clair de Lune 

Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan S.418

Final Round

I. Allegro maestoso  
II. Andante espressivo  
III. Scherzo. Allegro energico – Trio   
IV. Intermezzo. Andante molto  
V. Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato 

I. D major 
II. D major 
V. D major

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S.178 

I. Intermezzo. Adagio

Enrique Granados: El Pelele (The Straw Man)