Pianist Akiko Chiba was the first prizewinner at the American Music Scholarship Association International Piano Competition at the age of 11, and the first prizewinner in both solo and chamber divisions at the Richmond-on-Thames Festival in England. She made her first solo appearance at age 13 performing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto with the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra. She has also played with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra at Steinway Hall in 2003, and recorded the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Mannes Orchestra in 2005. She has recorded for the BBC, performed solo concerts in Japan and the U.S., toured as a soloist in England, Scotland, France, Austria, and Italy, and performed on a CD produced in honor of Yehundi Menuhin’s 80th Birthday. Her awards include top prizes at the Bergen Philharmonic, the Mannes College, and the Summit Music Festival Concerto Competitions. Chiba began her piano studies with Hisako Saito in her native Japan. She then attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division and the Yehundi Menuhin School on scholarships, studying with Ruth Nye and Nikolai Demidenko. Chiba received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School, studying on scholarship with Jerome Lowenthal, and her Masters Degree and Professional Studies diploma from the Mannes College of Music as a scholarship student of Yuri Kim.