Akiko Hosaki

A collaborative pianist and vocal coach, Dr. Akiko Hosaki frequently appears with singers, instrumentalists, and conductors in the New York metropolitan area.

As accomplished accompanist/basso continuo player, Dr. Hosaki has toured with the American Boychoir in the mid-west and southern states in the United States and Taiwan.  She has also worked with Fuma Sacra, Princeton Girl Choir, Westminster Community Chorus, Princeton Pro Musica, Princeton Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, Westminster Community Orchestra, Ashgrove Ensemble, Maryland Sinfonia, and Riverside Symphonia.  In the instrumental world, she has also performed at the World Saxophone Congress XIII, Tubonium2 and 3, and enjoys collaborating in chamber music concerts.

Well known for her “sensitive playing,” she works with the faculty members of the voice and conducting department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, such as Rochelle Ellis, Nancy Froysland Hoerl, Margaret Cusack, and Dr. Joe Miller, while coaching and performing with the students and professionals in the area.  She also frequently performs with solo handbell ringer Hyosang Park, as Duo Grazioso.

Previously working with opera companies in Japan, and serving as music director for the production of La Bohème in Tsukuba, Japan, in 1991, Dr. Hosaki has been collaborating with Princeton Festival Opera since 2009.  She has also worked with the New Jersey State Opera, Opera North, and the Castleton Festival.  She was the principal coach for the Opera Theater at the University of Minnesota in 2002 and 2003, and conducted the Campus Orchestra at the University.  In 2006 and 2007, she served as assistant conductor for Opera New Jersey, and was the music director for Romeo and Juliet with the Delaware Valley Opera Company in 2009, for which a review said, “She conjured up out of the piano nearly all the colors of Gounod’s orchestral score yet never overwhelmed her singers.”

Dr. Hosaki currently serves as Head of vocal staff accompanists and coordinator at Westminster, and is the director of the Senior Choir and organist at Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone.  Dedicated to help young musicians, Dr. Hosaki teaches Westminster’s summer program, High School Solo Vocal Artist, as music director, and maintains private piano studio.  She is also the assistant to Legendary collaborative pianist Dalton Baldwin at Académie internationale d'été de Nice, France.  She was invited to give a master class in Hong Kong in 2016.

Dr. Hosaki holds degrees from Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan, Westminster Choir College, and University of Minnesota.