Winner of the 2011 Sommets Musicaux Festival Prize and the audience prize at the 2006 Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics, this season sees Mona Asuka Ott return to the Münchner Symphoniker at the Philharmonie im Gasteig and perform the solo part in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Weimar New Year’s Concert with the Staatskapelle Weimar and Stefan Soyom. Later this season she will perform with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and gives her Zurich debut at the city's Tonhalle in November 2012.
Her debut recital at the Klavier Festival Ruhr sparked great acclaim, with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung remarking: “this young pianist glows with enthusiasm…but then proves that for all this vigour and exuberance has a keen sense of what lies between the notes and a sensitive awareness of tempo.” A recording of the concert was released by the Ruhr Piano Festival as a portrait CD.
"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)