Asagi Nakata was born in Japan 1995 and most recently won 1st Prize at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc Competition which took place in July 2019, and has been selected as one of the fourteen semifinalist’s to participate in the 12th Franz Liszt Competition 2020.
Asagi graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction, (DipRam) and have been awarded the “Francis Simms Prize” for her outstanding studentship and for her exceptionally high final recital mark of the year. She was generously supported by the Constance Bastard Memorial Scholarship from the Academy which enabled her to study with Professor Christopher Elton. She previously studied with a scholarship at the Junior Department of the Royal College with Professor Ian Jones, and with Professor Tatiana Sarkissova. Asagi is currently studying with Professor Christopher Elton and receiving intensive masterclasses with Professor Grigory Gruzman.
She has won several international competitions including the EPTA Belgian International, Franz Liszt Weimar (2009), the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior (2010) and was runner up in the Windsor International Piano Competition in 2015. Other successes include 1st Prize in the Marlow International Concerto Competition (2007), Third Prize in the James Mottram International Competition (2008), and Fourth Prize in the Ettlingen International Competition (2010), Third Prize in the the WPTA international piano Competition (2019), and Third Prize in the 1st International Amadeus Piano Competition (2019).
Asagi has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. James’s, Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, and is a regular soloist in the St. Paul’s Bedford Lunchtime Concert Series and the Emmanuel United Reform Church, Cambridge Lunchtime Concert Series. Performances abroad include Japan, Russia, Croatia, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Prague, Hungary, Morocco, France, Germany in the presence of Alfred Brendel and Poland where she was invited as guest performer at the 64th Duszniki International Chopin piano festival. She has performed with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of South Bohemia, Southbank Sinfonia and Finchley Chamber Orchestra.
Asagi also appeared for the BBC Radio 3 In Tune on August 6th, live on air with presenter Sean Rafferty at BBC Broadcasting House.
In recognition of her high achievements in music at the Royal Academy of Music, Asagi received the Greta Parkinson Prize, Vivian Langrish Prize, the Peter Latham gift and the Nancy Dickinson Award.
Asagi is grateful for the support from the Drake Calleja Trust, Talent Unlimited, and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for their Derek Butler Award. She is also a Concordia Foundation Artist.