Acclaimed for her “subtle sonority and fascinating colourful tones” (Der Kessener), the Japanese pianist Ikuko Inoguchi has been excelling both as a concert pianist and as a performer-scholar since completing her first doctorate (Doctor of Musical Arts) in the U.S. in 2009. After holding a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Institute of Musical Research in London during 2010-2011, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis entitled “Concepts of Time in the Works of John Cage, George Crumb, and Tōru Takemitsu, and Implications for Performance” from City University London in May 2016.
Ikuko has enjoyed international appearances as a soloist and a collaborative pianist in Japan, the U.S., and Europe. This includes her recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Sazanka Hall (Japan), and Kurosawa film festival in Würzburg. In 2013 she performed Rubinstein Piano Concerto No.4 with City University Orchestra. Bringing artistry and scholarship together, she has given a number of lecture-recitals and papers at regional, national, and international conferences and symposiums, such as College Music Society national conference (U.S.), “Music from Japan” conference (London), and “Doctors in Performance” music festival-conference (Helsinki), and RMA Annual Conference.
Currently, Ikuko is Head of Music at Padworth College. She has worked with internationally renowned artists, such as Vitaly Margulis, Malcolm Bilson, John Lill, Elena Edelstein, Eric Larsen, Inge Rosar, Andrew Cooperstock, and Gordon Fergus-Thompson.