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Michiko Otaki has performed and recorded with such renowned international ensembles as the Graffe String Quartet, Kodaly Quartet, Swiss Wind Quintet, Jose White Quartet, and Martinu Quartet, as well as English violist Roger Chase. With the Graffe Quartet she recorded Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet and Bohuslav Martinu's Piano Quintet No. 2, as well as the early, unpublished Martinu Quintet No. Zero, along with the 1904 Quintet by Vitzslav Novák to be released later this year. Ms. Otaki's recordings with violist Roger Chase include music by Benjamin Dale, Frederic Delius, and John Ireland, and "The Tertis Tradition," all available on Dutton Epoch, as well as "The Virtuoso Viola" on Naxos and Sonatas of Johannes Brahms on Centaur.
Her unique association with the Warsaw Wind Quintet included numerous extensive tours of the U.S. and Europe, internationally heard broadcasts (including Performance Today), and two critically acclaimed CD recordings, one of which received the "Polish Grammy" as "Best Chamber Music Recording." She also made the world premiere recording of the seldom-heard Sextet of Hans Huber with the Swiss Wind Quintet.
Born in Japan, Michiko Otaki studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, and received her performing doctorate from the University of Miami. She is Director of Keyboard Studies at Clayton State University near Atlanta, where she performs often at Spivey Hall.
Ms. Otaki has performed at major venues including Washington's National Gallery, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Cleveland's Museum of Art, and the Chamber Music Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Her artistry has been featured at Festival Miami, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Chamber Music Society, Princeton University, the Harvard Musical Association, BIG Arts, and many other major chamber music series.
Michiko Otaki has also recorded and toured with the Brno Chamber Soloists, Slovak Sinfonietta, Brno Chamber Orchestra, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, and the Pilsen Philharmonic. Her concerto recordings include works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann. Her early first solo recording of Kabalevsky's Preludes and Fugues is available from iTunes and other major digital outlets.