Pianist Akemi Murakami was born in Japan and studied at Kyoto’s University of Music and Art as well as at the University of Music in Freiburg. She also studied with Helmut Deutsch and Donald Sulzen at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich where she obtained a degree (Meisterklassendiplom) in art song performance.
Murakami has also taken part in masterclasses held by Graham Johnson, Wolfram Rieger, Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Thom- as Quasthoff, Justus Zeyen, Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, and Thomas Hampson.
Murakami performs as a soloist, vocal accompanist, and chamber musician. She has appeared in many concerts and festivals including the Heidelberger Frühling, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Festival in Brussels, and the European Festival in Passau.
She has also given concerts under the auspices of Live Music Now.
Murakami is an official accompanist for the the ARD Music Competition for Voice and has also worked with Angelika Kirchschlager at the Liedakademie in Vienna.
Leading broadcasters such as Bavarian Radio and Deutsche Welle have broadcast many live performances by Akemi Murakami, among them appearances with Benjamin Appl, Daniel Behle, Okka von der Damerau and Julian Prégardien.
Since 2011 she has also performed as a duo with baritone Andreas Burkhart. Other lied partners have included Benjamin Appl, Thomas E. Bauer, Okka von der Damerau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Lydia Teuscher, Julian Prégardien and Manuel Walser.
Murakami is founder and artistic director of the concert series LIEDERLEBEN in Munich.