Biography | Pianist


by Alex Peck

Michiko Saiki is a Japanese-born pianist/multimedia artist who is currently pursuing her doctorate in contemporary music (piano performance) at Bowling Green State University. As an advocate of new music, Ms. Saiki has traveled internationally to present concerts, lectures, and workshops and to introduce under-represented composers and styles of music to a wide range of audiences. She has been actively engaged in collaborations with artists in various disciplines including composers Stuart Saunders Smith and Marilyn Shrude, and light installation artist Erwin Redl. She explores ways to create works that merge these two fields as both a pianist and multimedia artist. In the 2015-2016 season, her concert programs with two unique recital programs: a resonance-themed program which includes works for piano and electronics, and a program of speaking/vocalizing pianist compositions, some of which have been written for her.

Ms. Saiki earned her M.M. in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. in music performance with honors from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah Oklahoma). She was the winner of several prestigious competitions such as the Oklahoma Music Teachers’ Association Piano Competition (2009) and the NSU Concerto Competition (2010). She was a finalist for the Delta Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2010). As a video artist, her work has been screened at multiple international film festivals, including flEXiff in Australia, Threshold Festival, Art Extravaganza, and Identity Project Film Festival in Ohio, KcEMA Happy Hour Event in Missouri, and xMV in New York City. One of her works, “a…i…u…e…o…” won a first place in Without Words Film Festival in Metz, France where she will be a jury for the 2015 festival.

Ms. Saiki studied piano with Thomas Rosenkranz and Laura Melton (BGSU), Nicolas Hodges (Darmstadt Summer Festival), Ronald Chioldi (Northeastern State University), Timothy Ehlen (Brevard Summer Music Festival), and privately with Alice Rybak (University of Denver), and video art with Heather Elliott-Famularo (BGSU).