Asa Mori

Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1981. She began playing the piano at the age of 6. By the end of the following year she had already won two prizes in national competitions. The 1st prize was at “The Konan Music Competition” and the highest prize at The Japan Piano Teachers Associetion Audition, where she was the youngest prize winner. Two months later she accepted an invitation from Vienna to study with Claus-Christian Schuster.

She has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions, including “The Classical Music Competition Japan”, “The Nagoya International Music Competition” and “Prix d’Amadeo Jeunesse”.  As a soloist, she made her debut with the Cracow Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her principal teachers during her youth were Hideo Sugiura and Valeria Szervánsky. She studied with Prof. Izumi Komoriya at Toho-Gakuen School of Music where she was selected to play at the graduate honours concert at Casals Hall in Tokyo. In 2002, she moved to Germany to study with Prof. Pavel Gililov at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”, where she graduated in 2008 with first class honours. She has attended master classes and chamber music lessons with such distinguished musicians as Ferenc Rados, Frans Helmerson, Ralf Manno, Karine Georgian, Anthony Spiri, and Harald Schoneweg. In 2011 she finished the “Konzertexamen”.

Asa Mori performs regularly as a soloist and a chambermusician. Since moving to Germany she has regularly appeared with the “Eurasia Culture Society”; “Villa Musica”, established by the government of Rhineland-Pfalz; and the ”Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Cologne”, playing with such luminaries as Christian Altenburger, Patrick Demenga, and Klaus Thunemann. She has performed with the solo string players of the NHK Symphony Orchestra as well. Moreover, she has collaborated with Tokuhide Niimi, a well-known Japanese composer. She also appears in a sisters’ duo with the cellist Aiki Mori and has given concerts in Germany, Japan and England.

She played as a guest in such festivals as the “Ogaki Music Festival in Japan”, the “Amadeo Festival” in Holland, and the “Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany”. Some of her performances have been recorded by SWR and WDR.

Asa Mori is a rare pianist in that she is taking part of the teacher training course of the Alexander technique in conjunction with her concert activities. Her own piano teaching method which incorporates the principles of the Alexander technique and contributes to natural dynamic performance with a high quality of sound, has gained international recognition.