Asagi Nakata was born in Japan 1995 and was most recently awarded 1st Prize in the Budapest Liszt Ferenc Competition. She is one of fourteen finalists selected to participate in the 12th Franz Liszt Competition 2020.
She is an award winner of several international competitions including First prize at the EPTA Belgian International, Franz Liszt Weimar (2009), the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior (2010), and runner up in the 2015 Windsor International Piano Competition. Other successes include First Prize in the Marlow International Concerto Competition (2007), Third Prize in the James Mottram International Competition (2008), 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 was recently a guest musician on BBC Radio 3 performing live for the 'In Tune' series presented by Sean Rafferty.
Asagi studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton as a Constance Bastard Memorial Scholar and graduated with Distinction in 2018. In recognition of her achievements at the Royal Academy of Music, Asagi was awarded the Greta Parkinson Prize, Vivian Langrish Prize, the Peter Latham gift, the Nancy Dickinson Award, and notably, the “Francis Simms Prize” for outstanding studentship and exceptionally high final recital mark. She previously studied with a scholarship at the Junior Department of the Royal College with Ian Jones, and with Tatiana Sarkissova. Asagi continues to study with Christopher Elton and receives intensive masterclasses from Grigory Gruzman.
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.