Akemi Murakami is a pianist born in Japan. She is counted among the most popular Lied accompanists and chambermusic partners of her generation.
Her Lied partners are amongst others Benjamin Appl, Thomas E. Bauer, Daniel Behle, Angelika Kirchschlager, Julian Prégardien, Valer Sabadus and Manuel Walser. Top-ranking instrumentalists such as Christoph Hartmann, oboist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Christian Loferer, principal hornist with the Bayerische Staatsoper and Pinchas Adt (violin) and Raphael Paratore (cello) from the Goldmund Quartet characterize the line of Murakami‘s chamber music partners. She already plays four hands with Helmut Deutsch.
Akemi Murakami recorded her first CD „Goethe-Lieder“ together with the baritone Andreas Burkhart. It contains works of Schubert, Liszt and Wolf and was published in 2018 by Spektral.
She appears as a soloist, as a Lied and chamber music partner at numerous concerts and festivals, like the music festival Heidelberger Frühling, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Festival in Bruxelles as well as at the Festival Europäische Wochen Passau, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Prinzregententehater Munich, the Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth, the Brucknerhaus Linz and the Opera de Lille. She made concert tours to Switzland, Italy, England and Japan. In 2022 she made her debut as a Lied pianist at the Schubertíada in Barcelona and in Vilabertran, at the MDR Musiksommer and in the Kölner Philharmonie.
Inter alia, Murakami is engaged as offical accompanist at the ARD music competition for singers. Furthermore she is sought after as a teacher for Lied masterclasses, among them the „Liedakademie Vienna“ and in this context cooperates with artists like Angelika Kirchschlager.
Her work is documented in many live recordings of important broadcast stations as the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Deutsche Welle.
Akemi Murakami graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich with a Meisterklassen degree, where she studied with Helmut Deutsch and Donald Sulzen. Further important impulses were set by Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson, Gerold Huber and Wolfram Rieger.
She is initiator and artistic director of the Lied recital series „LIEDERLEBEN“ located in the Munich reisdence.