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Akao Michiko


Akao Michiko

Michiko Akao, born in Tokyo, is a pioneering artist of the yokobue. She is recognized for establishing traverse bamboo flutes as solo instruments in contemporary music. Michiko Akao commissioned an original repertory of over 100 compositions for the yokobue. She made her American debut in 1972 in Maki Ishii’s Sogu II with Seiji Ozawa and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded the distinguished Artist Prize by the Japan Ministry of Education. She has performed widely in Japan and North America and participated in major music festivals in Europe and Asia.

Tracks Recorded

Mugibue no KoroTsukikusa no Yume; Fukuda Rando Shakuhachi Meikyoku Shu
ShunreiTsukikusa no Yume; Fukuda Rando Shakuhachi Meikyoku Shu

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018