Akane Kubota

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Akane Kubota has performed extensively in her native country and at venues all over the world. She made her solo piano début recital at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, New York as a special presentation prizewinner of the Artists International Competition.

In 2010, Kubota received Special Prize at the 3rd Elena Richter International Piano Competition; the following year, she was invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the 1st China Movie & Education Festival and the performance was broadcast by CCTV. She was also the first place winner (Violin and Piano Duo) at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and made her duo début with her husband, violinist Albert Yue Cheng at Carnegie Hall. Kubota was invited to perform with Igor Yuzefovich, Concertmaster of Singapore Philharmonic and Andrew Simon, Principal Clarinet of Hong Kong Philharmonic for multiple concerts; and she often performs with one of the leading opera singers, Warren Mok.

In addition to a busy performance career, Kubota is in high demand as a teacher. She was an adjunct piano faculty teaching both private and group lessons at New York University. She also served as a visiting faculty at International Performing Arts Summer Festival “Belvoir Terrace” (Massachusetts, USA) in 2010. Soon after she started developing her career in Hong Kong, she was awarded the “Best Piano Teacher Award” by Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Youth Piano Competition, and has received the “Teaching Excellence Award” from Hong Kong Cultural Association for three consecutive years.

Kubota obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University; and Master of Music degree from New York University with scholarship where she worked with world-renowned pianist and teachers, Yong-Hi Moon and Miyoko Lotto. She also received coaching from Leon Fleisher and Jonathan Feldman from the Juilliard School.


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