Akiko Yatani was born in Tokyo in a family of musicians. Only 4 years old she begins studying violin lead by her mother, Kazuko Yatani, teacher of the 1999 Paganini Competition Prize-winner.
She graduates in 1997 at the renowned Toho School, the same where S. Ozawa and N. Imai studied. In the same year, after the specialization, she leaves to Italy.
She passes the entrance exam at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and she attends the specialization course by Yuri Bashmet in 1997 and 1998.
In 1998 she’s admitted at the W. Stauffer Academy in Cremona where she specializes till 2002 lead by B. Giuranna.
From the beginning of her training at this Academy, she definitively moves to Cremona, city of music and lutherie, known all over the world as birthplace of Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù and Amati.
She continues her studies with other famous violists, such as W. Christ, first viola of the Berliner Philarmoniker, M. Radici, first viola of the Salisburg Mozarteum Orchestra, M. Paris, solo viola of the “I Musici”.
She is admitted to the lessons and concerts of the Hindemith Foundation in Switzerland.
She completes her specialization alternating it and the concert activity lead by ‘internationally renowned musicians, such as S. Accardo, B. Giuranna, R. Filippini, D. Stabrawa, M. Munchan.
Salvatore Accardo, in February 2003, in the occasion of the second sextet by Brahms, writes about her: “Akiko ha dimostrato una grande musicalità e prontezza. Inoltre è in possesso di una tecnica molto pulita e di un suono molto caldo”(“Akiko demonstrates a great musicality and readiness. She’s also endowed with a very clean technique and a very warm sound”).
In 2002 she participates in the ANEMOS International Competition in Rome and she wins the second prize for the strings section. (The first prize isn’t bestowed.)
She is invited as “first viola” in the Parma Regio Theatre Orchestra, in the Piacenza Philharmonic Orchestra and in the “Musicisti di Parma”.
In 2005 she takes part in the Arturo Toscanini Italia Symphonic Orchestra, lead by Lorin Maazel, with whichshe participates, in frequent tours in the most famous theatres in the world for prestigious concerts.
In 2004 she exhibits in Tokyo in various and appreciated recitals for viola and piano, with Maestro Hiroko Komoriya.
In 2007 she is invited as first viola by the Ensemble Nagaokakyo, lead by Yuko Mori, as a part of the Osaka International Festival.
Always in the Japanese capital, she exhibits, in 2008, in a recital for viola and piano and, in 2009, in a solo concert.
Among the great number of artistic recognitions, the “Strings” Japanese magazine dedicates to Akiko Yatani, in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011, important reports. In the one in 2005 she has the honour of the front page.
Her artistic profile is transmitted during a programme lasting one hour on J-COM, the main television network on line and, from 2010, on NHK satellite tv.
In 2011 she carries out in Taiwan a deep activity as orchestra solo and several masterclasses at the music state university.
With A Commellato (piano) she repeats in Tokyo the recital held in Cremona in March 2011, participating in the “Italia in Giappone 2011” event, organized by the Italian Embassy in Tokyo and by the Culture Italian Institute.
In 2012 she is invited to participate in the Jury of the “Triennale Internazionale degli Strumenti ad Arco Antonio Stradivari” competition.