Photo by Gerhard Kühne

Japanese pianist and multimedia artist Dr. Michiko Saiki is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and art. She actively promotes contemporary music and living composers by giving concerts, lectures, and workshops. As a soloist, collaborative pianist, vocal improviser, and musicologist, Michiko has been invited at various concert series, festivals, and conferences in the US, Germany, France, England, and Turkey, featuring fearless programs of contemporary music. She has worked with numbers of emerging and established composers, including Arthur Kampela, Stuart Saunders Smith, Mark Andre, Philippe Leroux, Amy Beth Kirsten, Zachary Seely, Eiko Tsukamoto, Beste Özçelebi, Fojan Gharibnejad, Junyu Guo, Rafaele Andrade, and Jacques Zafra. Since the relocation to Leipzig Germany in 2016, She has been working on a project, The Vocalizing Pianist: the Voices of Women, in which she collaborates with female-identifying composers to create vocalizing pianist composition. This project aims to build a platform for female composers to share women’s personal stories and to cultivate a better musical environment for younger generations.

Dr. Saiki’s unending curiosity and hunger for self-expression led her not only to pursue her career as a pianist but also as a multimedia artist. She has collaborated composers and artists as a video artist, including composers Marilyn Shrude and James Mobberley, kinesthetic light artist Erwin Redl, dancer Caroline Beach, and saxophonists John Sampen und Nick Zoulek. Her short film, a…i…u…e…o… (2014), has been screened in numerous international film festivals and won First Place in the Without Word Film Festival in Metz, France.

Michiko has earned her DMA in contemporary music with the specialization in piano performance with a Digital Media minor from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, OH, USA.

Andrew Greenwald
A Thing Made Whole

As part of Contemporary Insights Ensemble
– A Thing Made Whole V for piano and string quartet
– A Thing Made Whole VII for chamber ensemble

Released on August 2nd, 2022

Tobias Eduard Schick
Chamber Music

“Schattenmusik” for violin, accordion and piano

Released on April 17th, 2020


Lazarus for solo vocalizing pianist by Stuart Saunders Smith, (commissioned and premiered by Michiko Saiki)

Released on April 25th, 2017 by Chen Li Music

Available on Amazon, Spotify, and CD Baby!