The pianist Madoka Inui was born in Japan, had her first training as a pianist in Tokyo, followed by study at the Vienna Conservatory with Dianko Iliew, Roland Batik and graduated with distinction. She won the Città di Stresa International Piano Competition, making her début as a soloist in Austria, Japan and Spain. Since 1997 she has been very active in chamber music, particularly with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared in concerts, galas and recordings for the Austrian Broadcasting Service, and has collaborated in literary-musical matinées with Salman Rushdie, Umberto Eco, Lobo Antunes, Paulo Coelho and Donna Leon. She performed at a monthly concert and talk series in the Vienna Konzerthaus for four years. Her recordings include the Cello Sonatas of Richard Strauss and Brahms with Franz Bartolomey, and for Naxos The Art of the Clarinet with Peter Schmidl (8.557232), The Art of the Vienna Horn with Wolfgang Tomböck, The Art of the Viola with Heinrich Koll (8.557606) The Art of the Cello with Franz Bartolomey (8.557708), The Art of the Flute with Wolfgang Schulz (8.570309), and a solo CD of Fantasies by Hummel (8.557836A).