Mona Asuka Ott PIANO

Mona Asuka Ott demonstrated very early on a great talent for music. At the age of four she was allowed to perform as a guest artist at a competition in the Munich Residenz. At eleven she appeared as a duo partner of Marcello Viotti with the Munich Radio Orchestra in a televised production on Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye, which has since been broadcast several times on German television.

Mona Asuka Ott made her orchestral debut aged13 at the International Piano Festival “Junge Meister” in Lindau. This was quickly followed by other invitations including appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Edo de Waart, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Ivor Bolton, Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Münchner Symphoniker, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Staatskapelle Weimar under Stefan Soylom. Performances in Japan have included the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Kanazawa under Kazuki Yamada and New Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall.

Solo performances have taken her several times to the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Festival La Roque d’Anthéron, Kissinger Sommer, Moritzburg Festival, Next Generation Festival in Dortmund, Burghofspiele Eltville, Europäische Wochen Passau, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle and the Tonhalle Zurich.

During the 2013/14 season, Mona will make her London debut playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 at the Barbican Centre with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Additionally, she will perform with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Dresden Kapellsolisten. Reinvitations include recitals at Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Würzburg Meisterkonzerte and Ruhr Piano Festival.

Mona Asuka Ott has won numerous first prizes in national and international competitions, such as the Grotrian Steinweg Competition, the Bundeswettbewerb “Jugend Musiziert” and the Fourth EPTA International Piano Competition in Osijek, Croatia. In 2006 she received the Audience Award at the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics, and in February 2011, the Festival Prize for artistic achievement at the Sommets Musicaux Festival in Gstaad. Her 2008 debut recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival was met with great acclaim. The Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung remarked: “The young pianist glows with enthusiasm…but then proves that for all this vigour and exuberance, she also has a keen sense of what lies between the notes and a sensitive awareness of tempo.” A recording of this concert was released by the Ruhr Piano Festival as a portrait CD.

Mona Asuka Ott was a student of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling since early childhood. She now studies with Bernd Glemser at Würzburg Music Academy. Mona Asuka Ott received a grant from the Evonik/Degussa Foundation Düsseldorf and the German Foundation “Musikleben”.

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