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Mona Asuka Ott is firmly establishing her career in the international music scene, captivating audience and press alike with her powerful, glowing sound and dazzling technique.

During the 2013/14 season, Mona will make her London debut playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 at the Barbican Centre with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Additionally, she will perform with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Dresden Kapellsolisten. Reinvitations include recitals at Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Würzburg Meisterkonzerte and Ruhr Piano Festival.

Winner of multiple international awards, in February 2011, Mona Asuka Ott received the Festival Prize for artistic achievement at the Sommets Musicaux Festival in Gstaad, and in 2006 the Audience Award at the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics.

Her debut recital at the Piano Festival Ruhr sparked off great enthusiasm. The Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung remarked: “The young pianist glows with enthusiasm… but then proves that for all this vigour and exuberance she has a keen sense of what lies between the notes and a sensitive awareness of tempo.” A recording of this concert was released by the Ruhr Piano Festival as a portrait CD.

Her orchestral debut at the age of 13 at the International Piano Festival “Junge Meister” in Lindau was quickly followed by invitations such as Hong Kong Philharmonic and Edo de Waart, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Ivor Bolton, Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Münchner Symphoniker, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Staatskapelle Weimar under Stefan Soylom. Performances in Japan have included the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Kanazawa under Kazuki Yamada and New Japan Philharmonic at the Suntory Hall.

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"The young pianist Mona Asuka Ott impressed all at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in the Schloss Hohenlimburg. [...] Franz Liszt’s Venezia e Napoli and the Rhapsodie espagnole were on the programme - highly virtuosic pieces to which Mona Asuka Ott brought her profound technical accomplishments, taking one’s breath away with the subtlety of her renditions. Her playing was like a roller coaster ride through the octave passages, with a thundering and wild bass register; Mona Asuka Ott was just as convincing with Liszt’s Italian and Spanish sound worlds. And her temperament showed in Chopin’s Polonaise, an heroic encore…In Franz Schubert’s posthumous three piano works D 946 she demonstrated a real sense of pose along with any amounts of sensitivity for the quieter bridges, her tempo unwavering and fitting.” (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 2009)