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. She also won 3rd Prize at the 1st International Amadeus Piano Competition, and received 3rd prize in the WPTA international piano Competition 2019.
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 Professor Peter Frankl.
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). Asagi was selected as one of fourteen semi-finalists in the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition which took place in October 2017.
Asagi has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and 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, 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 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. In her spare time Asagi enjoys cooking and learning German.
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 will appear on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on August 6th, live on air approximately at 17:05 for a short interview with presenter Sean Rafferty at BBC Broadcasting House and also to perform at the studio.