Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. From the age of three, she received music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons.
Akemi won prizes in national and international piano competitions and performed in important halls. Since 2010, she has been playing regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya in Japan.
She performs as soloist and is also active in chamber music and lieder accompaniment. In 2012, she formed a duo with German mezzo-soprano Stephanie Gericke. They perform lieder recitals in Europe and Japan.
In addition to her performing career, she is also busy as a piano teacher. She has given lessons and masterclasses in Europe, Japan, and the US.
Since 2013, she has been writing a series of articles titled “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine Chopin in Japan. She also made large reports and conducted interviews about the major international piano competitions around the world such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan, the Sydney Competition in Australia, and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel.
Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended more than 100 competitions over the past 17 years. She has been invited as a jury member at international piano and chamber music competitions in Brazil, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, and the US, and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.