Hikaru Kanki


Hikaru Kanki was born in Japan in 1993. She took piano lessons from Motoko Toyoda, Kimiko Higuchi and Noriyuki Miyazawa. Since 2012 she has been studying at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with Prof. Roland Krüger, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree with the highest marks. Since 2016 Hikaru is continuing her studies of Master of Music at the same School. She is also studying in Prof. Jan Phillip Schulze’s “Liedklasse” and had the honor to premiere two Alfred Koerppen’s art songs in Hannover. Furthermore she is taking harpsichord and pianoforte lessons on a regular basis with Prof. Zvi Meniker and is a very experienced performer on both instruments.

Hikaru won prizes at the International Steinway Competition in Berlin, PTNA Piano Competition and Student Music Concours of Japan. In 2014, she was semifinalist at the International J.S.Bach Competition in Leipzig and 1st prize winner at the International “Lia Tortora” Competition in Italy.

She participated in several concerts and recitals in Japan, Berlin, Hannover, Kassel, Vienna, Prague, St. Petersburg. She was invited by Animato to play at the Salle Cortot, Paris. At the age of 11 she gave her first performance as a soloist with the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra.

She attended numerous masterclasses given by for example Walter Blankenheim, Jean Fassina, Takahiro Hoshino, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Konstantin Scherbakov, Matti Raekallio, Tatiana Zelikman, Andrzej Jasinski, Piotr Paleczny and Peter Schreier.

In 2011 and 2015, Hikaru organized benefit concerts with other young musicians for the victims of natural catastrophes in Fukushima Japan. A donation from the second concert was given to a foundation, which contributed new pianos to people who lost theirs due to these incidents.

Hikaru received a scholarship from “Stiftung für die HMTMH” during a winter Semester 2015/16, presently she is a scholarship student of the “Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover e.V” and a recipient of a fellowship by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.