Akiko Nikami’s central focus in her playing is to act as faithful interpreter for the composer, and to play with passion and sincerity to enable her to deliver her music directly to the hearts of an audience.

Akiko Nikami was born in Japan and was given her first piano lesson at the age of 4. She was awarded a place at the Tokyo University of fine Arts where she studied with Haruko Kasama, Halina Czerny-Stefanska and Susumu Aoyagi.

In 2002 she moved to Berlin in Germany to study at the prestigious Berlin University of fine Arts with Klaus Hellwig and successfully finished her artistic degree (Konzertexamen) in November 2011.
Since September 2009 she has been working as a repetitor at the Berlin University of fine Arts, now for the horn class and since September 2014 at the Staatskapelle Berlin for the akademists. She worked as an official accompanist at the German Music Competition 2011 (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb) for the Oboe and Flute category and at the Schuncke Horn Competition Baden-Baden 2015.

During her studies in Berlin she was awarded scholarship by DAAD (2003-5) and NaFöG (2007-8) and attended master classes and worked with many renowned musicians such as Takahiro Sonoda, Rudolf Keher, Fabio Bidini, Pascal Devoyon and Vladimir Viardo.

Akiko Nikami has appeared on stage with many orchestras, including, Geidai Philharmonic with Ken-ichiro Kobayashi as a conductor,Kyushu Symphony Orchestra with Heiichiro Oyama, San Remo Symphony Orchestra with Nicholas Carthy, Porto National Orchestra with Stuart Stratford, Symphony Orchestra of the Berlin University of fine Arts with Harry Lyth, Plauen-Zwickau Philharmonic Orchestra with GMD Georg Christoph Sandmann, Osaka Symphony Orchestra with Daisuke Soga.

In July 2011 she appeared as a guest in Schumann Festival in Zwickau and gave a successful solo recital. She also took part in "Rainbow 21 International Suntory Hall debut concert Berlin University of fine Arts" in Tokyo. In October 2012 she gave her debut recital at Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan Hall. In July 2013 she performed with the Klavierquintett Berlin in the Konzerthaus Berlin at the “Young Euro Classic".

Besides her solo performances, Akiko also enjoys her extensive repertoire of chamber music, particularly for wind instruments. She works with many professors at the Berlin University of fine Arts, such as Burkhard Glaetzner(Oboe), Birgit Schmieder (Oboe), Washington Barella (Oboe), Roswitha Staege (Flute), Eckart Hübner(Bassoon) , François Benda (Clarinet), Christian Dallman (Horn), Konradin Groth (Trumpet), Stefan Schulz (Trombone) and Hans-Joachim Greiner (Viola).


Akiko Nikami was awarded prizes in numerous international competitions, such as :
2001: 2nd prize and Yokomizo-prize (for the best performance for the romantic work) at the Takahiro-Sonoda-Award Piano Competition in Oita, Japan
2004: 3rd prize at the Beethoven Piano Competition Richard- Laugs in Mannheim, Germany
2005: Förderpreis Scholarship - a prize to support talented musicians at the Arthur Schnabel Piano Competition in Berlin, Germany
2006: 2nd prize at the "Arcangelo Speranza" Piano Competition in Taranto, Italy
2007: Steinway Award by Steinway&Sons Berlin
2007: 3rd prize at the Porto International Competition in Porto, Portugal
2008: 2nd prize and the silver medal at the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, Germany
2013: Special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work with the Piano Quintet of the Berlin University of fine Arts at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory Competition