Eriko Wakita, organ

Eriko Wakita was born in Tokyo. She studied harpsichord and chamber music with Masaaki Suzuki at the “Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.” In 2001 she was awarded the ATAKA prize from the Japanese university. She graduated with distinction and received the “Acanthus Music Award” and the “Young Artist Award”.
Since 2004, she studied in terms of postgraduate studies at the Schola Cantorum with A. Marcon, harpsichord,  with J.-C. Zehnder, organ, and J.-A. Boetticher, general bass and improvisation. Other important artistic impulses came from Z. Meniker, A. Staier and N. Kitaya. In 2006 she won the 1st Price of the Fritz-Neymeyer competition in Schloss Bad Krozingen. In an intermediate year in Japan, she received the Master’s degree in March 2007. In April 2008, she graduated at the Schola Cantorum (konzertdiplom). Eriko Wakita has distinguished herself as a soloist and as a chamber musician, but even as an interpreter for  contemporary music. She regularly gives concerts in Europe and Japan and is invited to renowned festivals. There were other awards and scholarships, including the Swiss Goverment Scholarship and a scholarship from the ITOH Scholarship Foundation, Rohm Music Foundation and the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Since 2008 she has worked as accompanist at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel  and at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. She teaches cembalo at the Musikschule Biel/Bienne.

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