copyright ©2008 Sakiko Ohashi
Sakiko Ohashi, a native of Japan, began her piano studies at the age of four. By the time she was 10 years old, she was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College Division as a student of Herbert Stessin. Since then, performances have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.
In 1996, Ms. Ohashi made her concerto debut at Lincoln Center in New York City, performing Bartok's 3 rd Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony conducted by Otto-Werner Mueller. She is also the winner of the 1993 E. Nakamichi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival where she appeared with the Aspen Young Artists Orchestra. Her other concerto appearances have included the South Carolina Philharmonic, Florence Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Orchestra, Dover Symphony, Killington Music Festival Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In New York, her appearances have included venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Juilliard Theatre, and The Harvard Club.
At the Juilliard School, her awards and scholarships included Van Cliburn, Lilian Halpern, Bertha Levin, Alexander Siloti, and the Maxwell Muriel Gluck Fellowship. She studied chamber music under Felix Galimir, Stephen Clapp, and Jonathan Feldman. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Ohashi has appeared in numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Orford Centre for the Arts, Banff Center for the Arts, Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, Glassboro Summer Session, and Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, and has taught at the Greenwich House of Music in New York and at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. She studied with Zitta Zohar and participated in master classes with Anton Kuerti, Philippe Entremont, Gaby Casadesus, Philippe Bianconi, Bernd Glemser, and Catherine Vickers. In addition, she is featured in 3 CDs of Creole composers Gottschalk, Dede, and Lambert on the Naxos label.
From 2002 to 2008, Ms. Ohashi served as Assistant Chair of Music at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts ( NOCCA), teaching piano, theory, and chamber music ensembles. In 2004, she founded the New Orleans Chamber Music Festival. A dedicated teacher, her students have won numerous competitions both locally and nationally. She currently resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.