Toshiko Sakakibara was born in Tsuchiura Japan.
She studied first in Japan at the Tokyo College of Music with Prof. Isamu Omori and at Toho Gakuen School of Music with Prof Risei Kitazume.
Later on studies with Karl Leister in Tokyo and Berlin and with Elmar Schmid in Zurich.
1996-2002 clarinetist of Zürcher Kammerorchester.
Toshiko Sakakibara lives as freelance musician in Basel. Toshiko is internationally activ as chamber musician; she is a member of Cappella Andrea Barca under Sir András Schiff. The intense work in Contemporary Music with Ensemble Phoenix Basel is one of her main concerns from the beginning.
Schaghajegh Nosrati was born in Bochum in 1989. She has become known as an extremely versatile musician; that she could establish herself as a concert pianist in early years is due to her excellent reputation as an interpreter of Bach´s music.
Her International breakthrough came in 2014 as an award winner at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and particularly through her increasing musical collaboration with Sir András Schiff who praised the "astonishing clarity, purity and maturity" as well as the musical comprehension associated with it when she plays Bach.
After many years of working with Rainer M. Klaas, Schaghajegh Nosrati was admitted to the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media as a young student of Einar Steen-Nökleberg. She completed her master´s degree under Christopher Oakden in 2015 and her artist diploma under Ewa Kupiec in 2017. She completed another artist diploma degree in 2020 as a student of Sir András Schiff at the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin. Robert Levin, Murray Perahia and Daniel Barenboim gave her further artistic inspiration.
Between 1998 and 2018, she performed as a guest at international music festivals such as the Festival International Echternach, the Schumannfest Düsseldorf and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. Further performances followed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the NDR Kleine Sendesaal in Hannover, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Tonhalle Zurich, 92nd Street Y in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona as well as at the Berliner Philharmonie (with the Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and the Bochumer Symphoniker).
In 2017, she had her first concert tour in China including debut performances in Shanghai and Beijing.
Furthermore she was invited to play a concert tour with Sir András Schiff and Capella Andrea Barca in 2018 with performances in Dortmund (Konzerthaus), Düsseldorf (Tonhalle), Luxembourg (Philharmonie), Brussels (Palais des Beaux Arts), Vienna (Musikverein), Baden-Baden (Festspielhaus), Salzburg (Stiftung Mozarteum), Bratislawa (Philharmonic Concert Hall), Lucerne (KKL) and Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie).
In 2019 she took the Pierre Boulez stage in Berlin in place of Radu Lupu who had to withdraw from his recital due to illness.
The German label Genuin Classics has released two highly acclaimed CD´s with Schaghajegh Nosrati. In 2015 she recorded her debut album with J.S. Bach´s " Art of Fugue". Her second album (released in autumn 2017) is a recording of Bach´s piano concertos BWV 1052-1054 played with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.
In October 2019 the German label CAvi Music has released the pianist´s third CD with a selection of piano solo works (amongst others the "Concerto pour piano Seul") by Charles Valentin Alkan.
After having taught as a lecturer in Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media from 2015 to 2019, she became a faculty member of the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin in 2020 as the teaching assistant of Sir András Schiff.
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