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Aoi Trio

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Kyoko Ogawa (Violin), Yu Ito (Cello), Kosuke Akimoto (Piano)

@Nikolaj Lund

Only five times in history, the ARD international music competition has awarded the first prize for piano trios. Aoi Trio won this prestigious first prize in 2018, getting their international career off to a breathtaking start. Aoi Trio was founded in 2016. All three of its members graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and  Chamber Music Academy of Suntory Hall (Tokyo) for two years.

In the 2019– 20 season, Aoi Trio toured in Japan, giving a total of 21 concerts at such prestigious venues as Suntory Hall, Kioi Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Toppan Hall. In Europe, they appeared in several cities and festivals including Munich, Bayreuth, Baden-Baden, Cologne and Musiktage Hitzacker.

Highlights of the 2020-21 season include recitals at numerous major venues in Japan (Suntory Hall, the Phoenix Hall, Biwako Hall and others) as well as a collaboration with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Recently the Trio was selected to be the resident artist at Kioi Hall (Tokyo) in 2021– 23 and a seven-year program of collaboration with Suntory Hall begins in 2021.

Aoi Trio has released two recordings which have attracted great critical acclaim. They have received the Aoyama Music Award, Nippon Steel Music Award and Hotel Okura Music Award. The name “Aoi” is composed of the first letters of its members' family names and is also the name of a flower in Japanese language, which is commonly known as “hollylock” in Europe. Since April 2019, the Trio's members are based in Germany and currently study with D. Mommertz (Fauré Quartett) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

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