Japanese pianist Aimi Kobayashi was born in the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan in
1995, and began her piano studies at the age of 3. This young artist has already built an
astonishing career, having performed with major artists, conductors, and orchestras in
prestigious venues around the world.
Miss Kobayashi made her concert debut at age 8 with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra,
followed by her international debut at the Salle Cortot in Paris the next year. She made
her New York debut in 2005 at the age of 9 at the American Association for Development of
the Gifted and Talented's Passion of Music concert held at Carnegie Hall. This
performance was broadcast across Europe by La Chaîne Info, the leading French national news
television network. Miss Kobayashi returned to Carnegie Hall for the AADGT's Passion of
Music concerts in 2006 and in 2008, receiving great critical acclaim. She has also
performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Kraków and Warsaw, Poland; Seoul and Daegu,
Korea; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; and all across Japan. Miss Kobayashi has
appeared with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo
New City Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov, Filharmonia Krakowska,
Orkiestra Filharmonii Poznańskiej, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Frans Brüggen,
and the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira with James Judd.
Miss Kobayashi has distinguished herself with many awards, including first prizes at the
Huper Piano Concours and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. She has also
won the Yamaguchi Prefecture "Glory Culture Prize" three times. In 2010, Miss Kobayashi was
presented with a "Chopin Passport" by the Polish government at the Polish Embassy Grand
Reception, an event celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth.
In February 2010, Miss Kobayashi released her first CD, Aimi Kobayashi Debut,
with EMI Classics / EMI Music Japan. A second CD features her performances of Beethoven's
"Appassionata" and "Pathétique" sonatas, and Schumann's Kinderszenen.
Miss Kobayashi currently studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in the preparatory
division as a scholarship student. She has been under the tutelage of Yuko Ninomiya since
the age of 8. The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented, a New
York-based nonprofit organization that supports young artists, has been actively supporting
and helping Miss Kobayashi for many years.