Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a pianist, teacher, and jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions.
Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons, and two years later, she began taking piano lessons. Among her teachers were Junko Otake, Mitsuko Oguchi, Junko Yoshida, Dina Joffe, and Vadim Sakharov in Japan. In Russia, she had lessons with Pavel Egorov and Oleg Malov. In 2001, she moved to Europe, where she worked with Naum Grubert. She also took masterclasses with Lazar Berman, Victor Merzhanov, and Natalia Trull, amongst others.
Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and played in important halls such as Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall. Since 2010, she plays regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya.
She plays solo repertoire and is also active in chamber music, as well as accompanying vocalists. Since 2012, she has given concerts with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Gericke in Europe and Japan. Apart from her performances, she is also busy as a piano teacher. Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles entitled “Competition Reports From Across the World” for the monthly piano magazine Chopin in Japan.
Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 14 years. She has been a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in France, Lithuania, Brazil, and the USA, and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.