Biography | Pianist


by Alex Peck

Japanese-born pianist and multimedia artist Michiko Saiki is a passionate advocate of contemporary music. She actively promotes contemporary music and living composers by giving concerts, lectures, and workshops. As a soloist, collaborative pianist, and vocal improviser, Michiko has been invited to perform at various venues including Spectrum NYC, EYEBEAM, Toledo Museum of Art, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Pittsburgh, Kent State University, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky. She recently completed two concert tours featuring fearless programs of contemporary music exploring the themes of Resonance and The Vocalizing Pianist in the 2015-2016 season.

Michiko’s bottomless curiosity and hunger for self-expression led her not only to pursue her career as a pianist but also as a multimedia artist. Using experimental video and photography techniques, she explores hidden qualities of her body and voice. Her first video piece a…i…u…e…o… has been screened in numerous international film festivals and won First Place in the Without Word Film Festival in Metz, France in 2014.

Michiko currently resides in Leipzig, Germany working on her doctoral dissertation “The Vocalizing Pianist: Embodying Gendered Performance”. Upon completion, she will earn her DMA in contemporary music with specialization in piano performance from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH). She earned her M.M. in piano performance in the same university and B.A. from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK). Michiko studied piano with Thomas Rosenkranz and Laura Melton (BGSU), Nicolas Hodges (Darmstadt Summer Festival), Eric Huebner (June in Buffalo Summer Festival),  Ronald Chioldi (Northeastern State University), Timothy Ehlen (Brevard Summer Music Festival), and privately with Alice Rybak (University of Denver) and Marilyn Nonken (New York University), and video art with Heather Elliott-Famularo (BGSU).

Her early training both as a pianist and singer and her career as a multimedia artist allows her to be a unique interpreter of music. Her endeavors to master artistry in both music and art continue to challenge both herself and the audience through her innovative style of expression.