Japanese-born 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. She is currently 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.
Currently Michiko resides in Germany with her husband, and her cat, Emi.