Akihiro Sakiya


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 1: 20-Minute Recital

II. Impressões seresteiras

VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

VII. Fauré: Après un Rêve Op.7 No.1

No.9 Allegro moderato. Tempo di marcia

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C# minor S.244

I. Prélude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Passepied I
Vl. Passepied II
Vll. Gigue

Semi Finals Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.9 Op.68 ‘Black Mass’

I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Menuetto – Trio
VI. Rondo. Allegretto

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S.178

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Vivace, ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Allegro molto moderato



I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo

II. Allegro molto più tosto presto

III. Rondo. Allegro


Niccolò Paganini / Pierre Fournier: Introduction and Variations on one string on a theme from Rossini’s ‘Moses in Egypt’

Final Round 1: Concerto with String Orchestra

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Final Round 2: Concerto with Symphony Orchestra

I. Allegro

II. Adagio un poco moto

III. Rondo. Allegro