The profiles of Eriko Makimura and Yoshiaki Iwao

Japanese Pianist ERIKO MAKIMURA


Concert Performance



(all photos: Yuji Nakayama)

Eriko Makimura Pianist/ Concept Maker

Eriko Makimura is a Japanese pianist born in Kobe, Japan.

From 1996 to 2002 she studied at Kyoto City University of Arts and Music. She was awarded by Kyoto Music Corporation for her musical achievements in 2002. After Eriko earned Master of Arts in Japan, she entered Universität der Künste Berlin in Germany and completed her study with great honours in 2006. She also continued studying at Hochschule Musik und Theater Hannover in Soloklasse (the soloist class).

She is a winner of numerous national and international competitions such as Kobe International Music Competition in 2000, the 1st prize at the Chamber Music Competitions in Rome as well as 2nd prize at the Chamber Music Contest in Atri, Italy, in 2004.

Eriko Makimura won Grand Prix at one of the most significant chamber music competitions, Krzysztof Penderecki International Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, Poland, in 2007. In the same year she won the 1st prize and also earned an audience prize at the 2nd European Chamber Music Competition in Germany.

In 2007 Eriko Makimura became a member of European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), established by a founder of the Alban Berg Quartet, Prof. Hatto Beyerle.

She has made many recordings for radio broadcasting companies and TV such as ABC in Japan, SWR in Germany and classic radio in Portugal.

In 2008 she founded “Eriko Makimura & Co.”, a solo piano and performance art network. The musical company also offers piano teaching for young talent as well as masterclasses for professionals. In 2009 and 2010, she was a musical director of “Den Collinske Gaard”, a new arts & exhibition salon in Copenhagen. She collaborated with the international promotor Lars Top-Galia and his Art Frequency organization.

She also established a new art form called “Chamber Cabaret” and presents it all over the world.
In 2015, Eriko Makimura gave a masterclass and workshop supported by Bentley Music which is the biggest music retailer in Malaysia. Makimura and a Japanese cellist Yoshiko Ikemura performed a duo recital together in Malaysia.

In the summer in 2016, Eriko Makimura was invited to Art Festival in Athens, Greece. She performed concert performance “FIRE WORSHIP” based on a Greek poet Hesiod’s Theogony. She was also invited to perform solo recitals in Stockholm, Kuala Lumpur, Penang in Malaysia.

In October Eriko was invited by professor of Anthropology at Uppsala university Don Kulick (head of the ENGAGINGVULNERABILITY research program) and performed at the anatomical theatre “Gustavianum Museum” in Sweden.

In November Eriko performed concert performance “FRÅDSERI” supported by Statens Kunstfond, Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond and Københavns Komune in Copenhagen for four nights in a row (The concept was made together with a theater director and performance artist Willie Flindt).

Eriko Makimura is currently working on the concert performance series “Seven Deadly Sins” both in Europe and Japan and “Memento Mori” as well as “FIRE WORSHIP” as a concept maker, director and performer.



Yoshiaki Iwao (Dancer/Choreographer/Director)

Yoshiaki Iwao was born in 1984. At the age of 18, he started his career as a dancer when he entered Kansai Gakuin University. He won the second prize at the street dance national student championship “BIG BANG TOKYO/OSAKA. He also won the Grand Prix at “O-CAT DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP” which is recognized as the most significant dance competition for young talent in Japan.

Yoshiaki studied contemporary dance and ballet with Terri Best and Rei Aoo in the USA from 2011 to 2013.

In 2013 Yoshiaki launched a creative dance group “Odolabo (Dance Laboratory)” in Japan and became a chief director.

In 2016 he won the first prize at “Passion du Ballet à Kyoto” (category of the modern contemporary group). He also won the center field award at Nakano International Dance Competition Tokyo 2016.

Currently Yoshiaki works at Universal Studio Japan as an event producer and focus on expanding dance network through his company “Odolabo”.




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