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Naoko Akutagawa was born in Hiroshima in 1974, and began playing piano at the age of three. At 16 she switched to the harpsichord, studying first at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and then at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Germany, as a student of Glen Wilson.

Her recordings have been broadcast by the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Akutagawa made her debut recording for Naxos in 2005 with Le Roux’s complete works for harpsichord (8.557884), and followed this with a highly acclaimed selection of works by Graupner (8.570459), selected works by Storace (8.572209), and violin sonatas by Benda (8.572307).

She has been awarded prizes at the 2006 Premio Bonporti International Early Music Competition in Rovereto, Italy, and the 2008 Göttingen Händel Competition, Germany, and has been a guest member of staff at Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam and guest lecturer and recitalist at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.

Role: Classical Artist 
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