AKI KAWANO (河野亞紀) was born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. She began her piano studies at the age of 7. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of the Pacific, USA, while studying with Frank Wiens. At The Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, she graduated with a Master of Music Degree and a Professional Studies diploma in Piano Performance as a student of Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein and Anita Pontremoli.
In addition to solo piano, Ms. Kawano studied collaborative piano and was coached by Anne Epperson and Anita Pontremoli at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Since she moved to Hong Kong in 2007, she has performed as a soloist and in ensembles with members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.