Akihiro Sakiya was born in Japan in 1988. He began his studies at the age of six with Junko Watanabe at the Yamaha Music School. Until he was eighteen he studied in Japan under Tomoyuki Torii, Claudio Soares and Mika Araki, subsequently entering the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he studied with Jacques Rouvier. Since graduating from the CNSM in 2013 with the highest marks in his year, he has studied at the Tokyo University of Arts for master’s and doctoral degrees with Akiyoshi Sako. Sakiya has won many international prizes, including second prize at the 16th A.M.A. Calabria International Piano Competition (the first prize was not awarded) in 2006, first prize at the Third Lyon International Piano Competition in 2011, third prize at the 59th F. Busoni International Piano Competition in 2013 and the laureate at the 18th Santander International Piano Competition, 2015. In 2014 he won first prize at the 56th Jaén Prize International Piano Competition as well as the Spanish Music Prize and the Audience Prize. He has also been awarded important music prizes in Japan including the Matsukata Music Prize, the Aoyama Music Prize and the honourable award of the Arts in Hyogo. His career has brought performances around the world, in Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Brazil and Japan, in both recitals and as a soloist with distinguished orchestras. He is recording all Beethoven Piano Sonatas for DPIC Entertainment.