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, Okka von der Damerau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Julian Prégardien und Manuel Walser. Top-ranking instrumentalists such as Christoph Hartmann, oboist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Christian Loferer, hornist with the Bayerische Staatsoper characterize the line of Murakami‘s chamber music partners.
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 chambermusic partner at numerous concerts and festivals, like the music festival Heidelberger Frühling, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Festival in Bruxelles as well as at the Festival Europäische Wochen Passau.
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, Hanns Peter Kammerer and Gerhard Kahry.
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 Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, Christian Gerhaher, Thomas Hampson, Gerold Huber, Graham Johnson, Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen.
She is initiator and artistic director of the Lied recital series „LIEDERLEBEN“ located in the Munich reisdence.