Akiko Okawa

Born in Tokyo, Japan. Akiko is Belgium-based violinist and violist working in early, classical and contemporary music. She specializes in historical informed performance with period instruments, especially from early classical to late romantic repertoire. Since 2015, she has joined the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes in France, and has played under the direction of numerous conductors and soloists especially Amandine Beyer, William Christie, Laurence Equilbey, Philippe Herreweghe and Hervé Niquet.
In the contemporary music scene, she is an active musician playing with several ensembles as the Erämaa Trio and the Ensemble 21. In 2018, she joined the ICTUS Ensemble as an extra violinist for the creation of opera “Der verschwundene Hochzeiter” by Klaus Lang. Always passionate about playing the new composition for solo instrument and chamber music ensemble, working and cleating with composers their own pieces. She gave the first performance of « Missy Vaëliz » for viola solo by Jean-Marie Rens at the Festival LOOP (Brussels, Belgium) in 2017. She is one of the founding members of the Erämaa Trio (specialized in 20th century and contemporary music for violin / viola, clarinets and piano / electronics) who won the first prize in the Léopold Bellan International Competition (Paris, France) in 2017. She studied violin with Shizuko Ishii at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (Japan) and with Véronique Bogaerts at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (Belgium). She also specializes in baroque violin with Alessandro Moccia and modern viola with Paul De Clerck at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Gent and Brussel.

Lessons in FR/EN/JP