Aki Kitajima was born 1984 in Japan. She finished her Bachelor at the Conservatory of Music Toho Gakuen in Tokio as a student of Prof. Keiko Matsunami. There she also took private lessons with Prof. Ryosuke Hori. 2003 she was awarded with the First Prize of the 10th Nippon Best Players competition. 2008-2013 she studied Cello at the Musikhochschule Trossingen with Prof. Francis Gouton and also contemporary music with Erik Borgir (Ensemble ascolta) and Sven Thomas Kiebler (Ensemble SurPlus Freiburg) and improvisation with Harald Kimming and Thomas Wenk-Bärmann.
Until then she already was part of a steady trio for improvisation (dancers, piano, cello), a piano trio for Rom-Pop and Minimal Music and of a House Music Group with electric cello.
Various masterclasses led her to Yvan Chiffoleau, Yong-Chang Cho, Stephan Fork, Raphael Wallfisch, Jean Deplace and Roland Pidoux as well as to contemporary music festivals and academies (Internationale Ensemble Modern Academy Tokyo Wonder Site, Ensemble-Academy Freiburg, Academy for contempory music in Luzern). She also took part in the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt and in the students program of the Donaueschinger Musiktage.
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