_Vice-President for Artistic Excellence
Hailed as a “Queen of the Classical Accordion”, Mie Miki, started playing the instrument at the age of 4. At the age of 8, she made her first radio broadcast for NHK in Tokyo. At the age of 16, she moved to Germany to study at the Trossingen Academy of Music in Germany.
After winning the 1st prize at the International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal (Jugend Ausland) Germany and the 1st prize at the International Accordion Competition in Annecy, France, Mie Miki soon started her active performing career in Europe. In the 80s, she was invited to introduce the classical accordion for the first time in the People’s Republic of China. In 1989, for the first time ever as an accordionist, she was awarded the Förderungspreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen for young artists in Germany.
As a soloist, Mie Miki has appeared with numerous renowned orchestras including the Suisse Romande Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Belgian National Orchestra, under such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Yutaka Sado, Mario Venzago and Charles Dutoit. A concert series entitled “Mie Miki Accordion Works”, featuring numerous premiÃ¨res, takes place every year in Tokyo and more than 60 works have been dedicated to her by composers such as Hosokawa, Hölszky, Huber, Ichiyanagi, Ishii, Mochizuki and Takahashi. Her uniquely composed program with her wide range repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary attracts the audiences from different walks.
More than 26 CDs have been released by major labels such as BIS, Philips, SONY, DENON, Vanguard Classics, Camerata Tokyo and King International.
Currently, Ms. Miki is a professor for accordion and Vice-President at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen in Germany, and Honorary Professor at the Xinjian Arts College in China.