Yoshie Akimoto has enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She first achieved recognition in her native Japan at age ten when she won first prize in the prestigious All-Japan Student competition. She made her debut at age 13 with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a winner of the International JS Bach competition in Washington DC and has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Ms. Akimoto studied at Juilliard with James Friskin and Sascha Gorodnitzsky and also with Guido Agosti at the Acadamia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
Her activities as a teacher include frequent master classes and coaching at The Juilliard School and other colleges, and she has served as a juror in various national and international competitions. As a Duo partner with cellist Allison Eldredge, she has performed at the Concertgebouwe, Amsterdam; Moscow Conservatory Hall; Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Casals Hall and Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Symphony Hall in Osaka; Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Ravinia in Chicago; Royce Hall in Los Angeles; Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and the 92 Street Y in New York City. She directs the Akimoto Music Studio in Southern California, New York, and Connecticut from which many prize-winning students have emerged.