About the Founder and Chairman of the Komitas Music Society of Japan Takahiro Akiba

About the Founder and Chairman of the Komitas Music Society of Japan Takahiro Akiba


In 2003-2007, Akiba studied piano at the Faculty of Music of the Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) and graduated from the University with honors and special prizes. In 2007 he continued his studies in the postgraduate course of  TUA and received a Doctor’s Degree (2015). He has repeatedly participated in the master classes of Vladiimr Tropp (2003-2008) and Victor Merzhanov (2004-2005).

In 2009-2011 he improved his skills at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the mentorship of Prof. Mikhail Olenev and Prof. Victor Merzhanov. He has also taken private lessons from Victor Bunin in Moscow and Anahit Nersisyan in Yerevan.

Takahiro Akiba was awarded with the Second Prize in the Fifth International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (Tokyo, Japan) in 2004 and the First Prize in the second Komitas International Music Competition (Prötzel, Germany) in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded with a Certificate of Honor by the Minister of DIaspora of RA Hranush Hakobyan for his “Dedication to the Armenian Music Culture”.

He has held reitals and performed with orchestras in Japan, Russia, Estonia and Armenia. He has also given concerts at several international music festivals, such as the Spring Festival in Tokyo (2008), the S.E. Feinberg Memorial Piano Festival in Moscow (2010), Eivere International Piano Festival in Estonia (2016) and Komitas International Conference-Festival in Armenia (2016). He also has appeared with such famous musicians as Michiko Hayashi (mezzo-soprano), Anastasia Chebotareva (violin), Arax Mansourian (soprano) and the Komitas Quartet.

He is currently a lecturer at the Piano Department of the TUA and is also the founder and chairman of the Komitas Music Society of Japan.

the material is taken from Komitas Museum Institute

Thanks to Tatevik Movsesyan for the provision of the material!