Ikeda, Soprano Japanese
Soprano Kyoko Ikeda was born inNagoya,Japan. After receiving B.A. and M.M. of Music from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and
Music, she joined the National Opera Institute of Japan and made her debut
as Susanna of "Le Nozze di Figaro." Winning scholarship from DAAD
(Fund of the German government) for 1985 to 1987, she graduated the Opera
Department and the Song Literature graduate school at the National Music Academy inStuttgart. InStuttgart,Miss Ikeda received voice training
from Kammersinger Sylvia Geszty, and studied interpretation of German songs
under Konrat Richter. Her repertoire extensively covers German songs, including
Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, R. Strauss, Mahler, Berg. In 1990 she was invited by the Government of
Finland to participate in Savonlinna Opera Festival. Sameyear City ofNagoya awarded her
a prize at the Nagoya City Art Festival.Professor Ikeda performed Susanna , Adele,
Rosina, Sophie, Micaela, and other roles, and has been actively performing not
only on opera stages but also with orchestras. As a soloist, she sang with
numerous orchestras includingthe Berlin
Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, andthe Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. She gained great acclaim singing" Matthauspassion," "Messiah,"
"Weihnachts Oratorium,” Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9,” and Requiems of
Mozart and Faure. She also enjoys appearing
on TV and radio music programs of Japan National Broadcasting (NHK). Miss Ikeda, a member of Tokyo Nikikai Opera
Theater, has served as a past member of the CBC-TV program council . Professor of Musicin the Department of EducationatShinshu University. Director of
for Research in Singing. She received the
honor of Aichi Prefecture Artist Award.
Miss Ikeda is Visiting Scholar in the Indiana University School of Music as a
recipient of the 2005 Fellowship from the Japanese Government Overseas Research
Program for Artists.