V BNDES International Piano Competition – 2016

Tribute to Lucia Branco and Camargo Guarnieri

November 30 - December 10, 2016

Sole sponsor
Daniel Ciobanu is the winner of V BNDES International Piano Competition of Rio de Janeiro.

Akemi Alink-Yamamoto


Akemi Alink-Yamamoto was born in Japan. At the age of three, she received her first music lessons. Two years later, she began taking piano lessons. Among her teachers were Junko Otake, Mitsuko Oguchi, Junko Yoshida, Dina Joffe and Vadim Sakharov. In St. Petersburg, she had lessons with Pavel Egorov and Oleg Malov. She also took master classes with Lazar Berman, Victor Merzhanov and Natalia Trull, amongst others. In 2001, she moved to Europe, where she worked with Naum Grubert.

Akemi Yamamoto won prizes in national and international competitions and played in important halls such as Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City recital hall. Since 2010, she is playing regularly in Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya.

Akemi plays solo and is also active in Chamber Music and accompanies singers. She gave recitals with a Mezzo-Soprano in Europe and Japan in 2014. Apart from her performances, she is also very busy as a piano teacher, and since 2013, she is writing a series of articles “Competition reports from across the world” for the monthly piano magazine “Chopin” in Japan.

Akemi Alink-Yamamoto is a Board member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation. She attended around 100 competitions during the past 10 years, has been a jury member at piano and chamber music competitions, and she frequently gives advice to young pianists and competition organizers.