Described as “dazzling” and “scintillating” (Classical Source), pianist Emiko Edwards has received awards and accolades for her performances throughout the United States and abroad. By age ten, she had made her piano concerto debut, appearing with the New Sussex Symphony and by age eleven she had won her first international piano competition. Other appearances with orchestra include performances with the Westfield and Manalapan Battleground Symphonies, as well as the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.
Ms. Edwards has been featured in performances at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Milton Court Concert Hall, and the Yamaha Salon, as well as in Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Hall, and Morse Hall at The Juilliard School. Past highlights include a two-piano recital for the Barbican Center’s Sound Unbound Weekend with duo partner Scott MacIsaac, Rhapsody in Blue with the Guildhall Brass Ensemble, Brahms D minor with the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, and the Emperor Piano Concerto with the Bravura Philharmonic during their 2017-2018 season. In addition her performances of Gorecki's Piano Sonata and Four Preludes as well as Richard Rodney Bennett's Noctuary: Variations on a Theme by Scott Joplin were recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Ms. Edwards has also performed internationally-in Spain, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Ms. Edwards' playing and interviews have been featured in two documentaries, On a Personal Note and "Piano Forte": The Julia Crane International Piano Competition, both which have aired nationally. In 2013, with the recommendation of the head of The Juilliard School's piano department (Yoheved Kaplinsky), Ms. Edwards as well as Ms. Jingyi Zhang were asked to perform together in the Youth America Grand Prix Gala held at the David H. Koch Theater performing the US premier of an original composition by Karen Lefrak. Past awards and recognitions have included the following: Winner of the Bachauer Scholarship Competition (Juilliard Pre-College), an award which allowed her to attend her final year of Juilliard Pre-College on full-tuition; 1st Prize in the 18th International Young Artist Piano Competition, in Washington D.C.; 1st Place in the New York State Music Teachers National Association Competition which was subsequently followed by a 1st Prize win at the Eastern Division Regional Competition (representing the state of New York) of the Music Teachers National Association; winner of the Open Class and Richard Tang Yuk Award in the Princeton Festival Piano Competition (under age 25); 3rd Prize in the 5 Towns Music & Art Foundation Competition at age 18 (ages 17 to 28); 3rd Prize at the Cape Vincent International Piano Competition; 5th Prize at the Fourth Julia Crane International Piano Competition; and 1st Prize Ensemble at The New York Piano Competition presented by The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
Ms. Edwards has been a participant in the Gijon International Piano Festival, an artist in residence and scholarship recipient of the Banff Summer Music Festival, and a participant and scholarship recipient of the Orford Arts Festival. Master Class performances include those with Steven Kovacevich, Marc Durand, Ronan O'Hora, Robert McDonald, Andre Michel Schub, Joseph Kalichstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Miyoko Lotto, John Perry, and Jacques Rouvier. Chamber Music studies include those with Noriko Ogawa, Carole Presland, Giora Schmitt, and the New York Woodwind Quintet.
An avid advocate for outreach and community, Ms. Edwards was the artistic director for The Five Boroughs Performing Arts Series from 2011-2012, a concert series dedicated to spreading dance, music, and drama throughout New York City. In partnership with the Boys Club of New York, she organized and executed concerts in the Bronx, Queens, and Lower Manhattan. Throughout her years at The Juilliard School Ms. Edwards was an active member of the community, acting as a Peer Mentor to freshman students, and Programming Assistant. A passionate educator, Ms. Edwards has taught both privately and group setting. During the 2013-2014 school year, Ms. Edwards was awarded a Piano Minor Teaching Fellowship, teaching five classes a week to both Undergraduate and Graduate students at The Juilliard School and was a teacher at the 2013 Juilliard Drama Intensive at Snow College (Ephraim, Utah). Ms. Edwards has been on the faculty of Bravura Summer Music, a program for talented young instrumentalists, for the past three years.
Most recently, Ms. Edwards completed her Artist Diploma studies on full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She completed her Masters degree in 2016 at Guildhall under the tutelage of Ronan O’Hora and in 2014 she was awarded her Bachelors degree by The Juilliard School where she studied with Julian Martin. In addition to her principle study in London, she worked closely with Nelly Ben-Or, studying the in depth relationship between piano playing and the Alexander Technique. Ms. Edwards is currently a Doctoral candidate at Temple University, where she studies with Dr. Sara Davis Buechner.