At the age of ten, Japanese born pianist Erika Dohi, performed Takekuni Hirayoshi’s Piano Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic at both the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall (Poland), and the Izumi Hall in Osaka, (Japan). More recently, she has performed George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with a conductor Tetsuro Ban with Ensemble Kobe in Kyoto. Among her awards are prizes with the Moray Piano Competition, Scotland and the PTC Piano Competition in Osaka, Japan.
A diverse musician, Ms. Dohi has performed at a range of international festivals including Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music (Canada), Tokyo Experimental Festival (Japan), Norfolk New Music Workshop (U.S), Les Nuits Musicales de Nice (France), the International Academy of Music (Italy), as well as the Music X (Switzerland).
Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Scriabin, Debussy, Bartok, Ligeti and Berio and includes the jazz influenced composers Richard Rodney Bennett, Bruce Stark and Anthony Davis. Committed to contemporary music, Ms. Dohi has premiered works by over a dozen composers including Samir Chatterjee, Christian Carey and Andy Akiho at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Princeton University. She recorded a Latin Grammy Winner, Fenando Ottero’s solo piano composition “Desde Adentro”.
Erika has performed in New York at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, Steinway Hall, The Cutting Room, Cornelia Street Café, Cafe Vivaldi, and at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). In Japan, she has performed in Tokyo at Kokubunji Izumi Hall, Tokyo Wonder Site, and in Osaka at Chuo Kokaido and Symphony Hall. She regularly performs in her hometown, Osaka, in the “R” music series at the Rhiga Royal Hotel. In 2010, the national NHK radio station broadcast Ms. Dohi’s performance at NHK Hall.
Ms. Dohi has performed with a diverse range of musicians including jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, Wadada Leo Smith, a drummer EJ Strickland, a jazz saxophone player Dave Liebman, and the ensemble eighth blackbird.
Ms. Dohi was a scholarship recipient from the Purcell School of Music in London prior to coming to the states. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, and a Master of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied and closely worked with Anthony de Mare, Jeffrey Milarsky, Chritopher Oldfather, Tara O’Conner, Todd Reynolds and Lucy Shelton. Currently she studies improvisation with Vijay Iyer, classical piano with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl, where she is a Doctorate Candidate at Stony Brook University.
Web site: www.erikadohi.com