Akiko Ebi launched her international career as the winner of the Grand Prix in the International Long/Thibaud Competition in Paris and a finalist in the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, earning the recognition of Martha Argerich, her future mentor. She accomplished her training at the Paris Conservatoire with Aldo Ciccolini and his assistant Marie-Claire Laroche , later with Conrad Hansen, Vlad Perlemuter, Louis Kentner and Colette Zerah.
She has performed throughout the world, with outstanding orchestras and conductors. As a chamber musician, she has given two-piano recitals with Martha Argerich and performed with Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Regis Pasquier, Angela Hewitt, Michel Dalberto, the Moragues Quintet and the Via Nova, Parisii and Manfred Quartets. She appears regularly at festivals in La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton, Echternach, Nantes, Lugano, Lisbon, Toledo, IKIF in New York, Tokyo, Salt Lake City and Warsaw.
Her discography includes Chopin’s complete etudes, preludes, nocturnes and impromptus, as well as works by Fauré, Grieg, Franck, Webern, Pierne and Dynam-Victor Fumet (world premiere recording). She was twice awarded the Grand Prix d’Or for her recordings of compositions by Hikari Ōe, which brought international attention to this gifted composer, who was born mentally handicapped.
For her services to French music, Ebi was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1993, and in 2002 she received Japan’s prestigious ExxonMobile Music Prize.