Akihiro Sakiya
Supported by Club 32 donor Jennifer Harris


16 October 1988


Finalist Prize: Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition (Santander, Spain)
First Prize, Spanish Music Prize and Audience Prize: International Piano Competition Premio Jaén (Jaén, Spain)
Third Prize (equal): Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy)
First Prize: International Piano Competition of Lyon (Lyon, France)
Second Prize (no First prize awarded): International Piano Competition AMA Calabria (Lamezi Terme, Italy)

Akihiro Sakiya began his piano studies at the age of six, remaining in Japan until he was 18. He graduated as Dux from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris as a pupil of Professor Jacques Rouvier and then continued his studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts with Professor Akiyoshi Sako, gaining his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees.

Akihiro has given many recitals in Europe, Asia, North and South America, including the Yokohama International Piano Concert, in the Festival de Nohant and in the Saõ Paulo Beethoven Festival. He has performed with such distinguished orchestras as the Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Orquestra Ciudad de Granada, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española.

Akihiro has been working on a progressive recording project of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, with five CDs already released. Another CD, Akihiro Sakiya Piano Recital was released in 2015. In August 2019 he made his debut as a conductor, leading Salon Opera’s production of Don Giovanni.


2021 Competition Performances

Preliminary Round Preliminary Round
Webcast: Online Concert
Tuesday 6 July 2021, 2.00pm

2021 Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round

VII. Fauré:Après un Rêve Op.7 No.1 

No.9 Allegro moderato. Tempo di marcia

I. Allegro
II. Andante (nach einem altdeutschen Minneliede)
III. Allegro molto e con fuoco — Più mosso
IV. Allegro con fuoco – Presto non troppo ed agitato


No.3 Clair de Lune 

Semi Final Round

I. Grande Nuvem De Magalães 
II. Constelação I (Pavão)  
III. Alfa e Beta do Índio 
IV. Constelação II (Peixe Austral)  
V. Mercúrio (o Planeta maispróximo do Sol) 

I. Adagio sostenuto

II. Allegretto

III. Presto agitato

VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan S.418

Final Round

I. Allegro maestoso  
II. Andante espressivo  
III. Scherzo. Allegro energico 
IV. Intermezzo. Andante molto  
V. Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato 

I. Im ruhigen Tempo
II. Belebt nicht zu rasch
V. Im Anfange ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegteres Tempo

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S.178

I. Intermezzo. Adagio

Enrique Granados: El Pelele (The Straw Man)