The 11th Competition



Born in Tokyo, Akiko Kuwagata completed Music High School associated with the Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts (Composition Course). Halfway through her studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, she attended the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Harpsichord Course) on a DAAD scholarship granted by the German government and obtained Dimplom-Konzertexamen. Kuwagata studied harpsichord under Kenneth Gilbert, Rinaldo Alessandrini, the late Waldemar Döling, and she studied organ under Odile Bailleux and Jose Luis Gonzalez Uriol.

She moved to Paris and taught at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise CRR and Conservatoire de Musique de Chaumont, while concertizing throughout various cities in Europe. As an overseas trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, she furthered her harpsichord and organ study in Italy and Spain. In addition to winning the second prize (no first prize) at the 8th Bruges International Harpsichord Competition Musica Antiqua, she was a prizewinner at the FEP Paris International Harpsichord Competition and the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.

Kuwagata returned to Japan after residing in Europe for 17 years, and her work in Tokyo and elsewhere has been multifaceted. During 2011–2012, she contributed a serial, “Introduction to Solmization,” for Entrée magazine. She gives countless seminars on early music temperament and style. Presently, Kuwagata is a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts and a lecturer at the Harmony Hall in Matsumoto. She was a jury member at the Yamanashi Baroque Music Competition in 1997, 2003, and 2007.