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Junko Ichikawa was born in the City of Obihiro on Japan’s Northern Island, Hokkaido, and began playing and studying piano at four. in Japan, Europe and in the United States. She has participated in International Master Classes with such distinguished artists as Alexander Jenner, Wolfgang Watzinger, Martin Canin, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Paul Badura-Skoda.

At age fifteen, Junko made her American concert debut playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Obihiro Reed Orchestra in Salt Lake City, Utah. She performed as a soloist with Seikyo Kim and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Tokyou), with David Bernard and the Lawyers’ Orchestra, with Kynan Johns and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, with Maurizio Colasanti and the Wiener Residenz Orchestra and with Robert Lehrbaumer and the Wiener Residenz Orchestra.
Junko has appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Steinway Hall, Kimball Hall, the World Financial Center, the Donnell Library Center in New York City, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Riverside, CT, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Stift Altenburg, the Halbturn Palace in Austria, the Palais Auersperg in Vienna, the Obihiro City Cultural Hall, the Tokachi Plaza in Japan, and many more. In addition to solo recitals and concertos, she is an active collaborative pianist.

She has collaborated with Aprile Millo at the Concert for Hurricane Relief Victims, Todd Phillips at the Concert of Gerald Chenoweth’s Compositions. In 2010 she served as an official accompanist and assistant at Altenburg Music Academy in Austria.In 2007 she performed as part of an exhibition which included children’s paintings from 10 countries all over the world.