"...from the first note to the last, there was a most decided sense of instrumental perfection and sensitive diction for Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto."
– NMZ, March 2011
Mona Asuka Ott became fascinated by music while still very young. At the age of four she was invited to perform at a festival held at the Munich Royal Residence. At eleven she appeared on television as a duettist with Marcello Viotti in an arrangement of Ravel’s Ma Mère L'oye together with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.
As a young artist she was awarded prizes including at the Grotrian Steinweg Competition, Braunschweig, as well as in Cortemillia and Pinnerolo, Italy. In the Fourth EPTA International Piano Festival 2005 in Osijek, Croatia, she was presented with both First Prize and Special Awards, and was the youngest finalist in the 11th International Piano Academy Competition Hamamatsu, Japan in 2006. This was soon followed by the Audience Prize at the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics later that year.
Highlights in 2010 included a tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Edo de Waart and a tour of Japan with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. Forthcoming concerts in 2011 include performances with Peter Sadlo in Ingolstadt, a Japanese tour with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, as well as concerts with the Nagoya Philharmonic and the Münchner Symphoniker.
At thirteen, Mona Asuka Ott made her orchestral debut at the International Piano Festival of Young Musicians in Lindau. This led to a long series of orchestral engagements, among them appearances with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester and Ruben Gazarian, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo directed by Shizuo Kuwahara, and a concert tour in 2009 with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz under the direction of Jonathan Schiffman.
She has appeared throughout Europe and Japan. Her solo appearances include recitals given at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, at La Roque d'Anthéron, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Kissinger Sommer, the Braunschweig Classix Festival and at Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall. These were followed by concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the inaugural recital at the "Next Generation III Festival", Dortmund, and a gala performance relayed by German Television live from Nuremberg’s Franconia Hall. Her debut recital at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in 2008 received great press acclaim, and led to a CD release of the live recording.
Mona Asuka Ott's first teacher was Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, with whom she studied at the early age of nine. Since Autumn 2008 she has been studying with Professor Bernd Glemser in Würzburg. Mona Asuka Ott is currently a scholarship holder of the Evonik/Degussa Foundation in Düsseldorf as well as the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Foundation.
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