Kyoko 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 .  Kyoko IkedaisProfessor of Musicin the Department of EducationatShinshu University. Director of TheJapan Association for Research in Singing.  She received the honor of Aichi Prefecture Artist Award. 

At present, 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.