钢琴演奏家 Pianist

乙益乃衣,旅美日籍钢琴家,是一位长期活跃于北美,欧洲,亚洲的独奏与重奏演奏家。 乙益乃衣本科毕业于东京桐朋学园音乐系,之后赴美国曼哈顿音乐学院深造并获得艺术家文凭及硕士学位,之后获美国密歇根州立大学钢琴演奏博士

乙益乃衣在各项国际大赛中屡获佳绩,2017 年获得AFAF Romantic music competition 第一名并在纽约卡内基音乐厅演奏,在日本Classical music competition(2007) 及 Petrof Piano Competition(2012) 中也斩获奖项。乙益乃衣 同时也活跃于各种国际音乐节,先后参加Chichibu International Music Festival(Japan), Euro Music festival(Germany), Mattheiser Summer Academy(Germany) 等音乐节。在曼哈顿, 她的演奏得到媒体高度评价 “Invitation of extraordinary experience” 

Pianist, Noi Otomasu is originally from Japan started her musical journey from the age of three. Since then Ms. Otomasu has performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia as a soloist, chamber pianist and lecturer.


In 2017, Ms. Otomasu got first prize from AFAF Romantic music competition and performed in Carnegie Hall(Weill recital hall). She is also prizewinner of competitions including Japan Classical music competition(2007) and Petrof Piano Competition(2012).


Ms. Otomasu received her bachelor’s degree at the Toho gakuen school of Music(Tokyo)where she worked with Takako Takahashi and Koji Shimoda. She received her master’s degree and professional studies diploma from Manhattan School of Music(New York) where she studied with Philip Kawin. Her name was put in Deans list which is for promising students.


Ms. Otomasu also participated international music festivals including Chichibu International Music Festival(Japan), Euro Music festival(Germany), Mattheiser Summer Academy(Germany). In Mattheiser, her performance was reviewed as “Invitation of extraordinary experience”.


In addition, Ms. Otomasu directed concerts which focused variety of topics, not only piano solo but including Chamber music, American music, and music for young children.


Currently, Ms. Otomasu got her doctoral degree in piano performance Michigan State University where she studies with Deborah Moriarty. She is going to perform Beethoven’s first piano concerto with Queensboro Symphony Orchestr (New York) in this summer where she has performed Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” in 2016.

  1. When did you start to play the piano? What was the first tune(s) you learned?


I started playing piano when I was three. I don’t exactly remember what was my first piece- I can remember that I was playing piano transcription of Japanese folk song about pigeons. I always played the piece in kindergarten since I really liked the piece. In the end, all the kids in the class were sick with the song because I played it too many times.


  1.  What drew you to become a pianist? What or Who were your early passions and influences? 


My teachers and musician friends were my biggest inspiration, and they are still being my passion toward music. Adding with it, I liked atmosphere of concerts when I was a child. I am always excited to go backstage, it was perfect for hide and seek for kids.


  1. What do you enjoy most about being a pianist? What do you hate most? Why? 


Like many other instruments, piano is an instrument having infinitive possibilities. Pianist can play by themselves creating their own world. At the same time, we can be collaborator with other musicians in many ways. Sometimes we can be a soloist of concerto with large orchestra, then we can be accompanist to support other soloists, and we can play chamber music in small group. All of these- being soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician requires different abilities, and it is not easy to do. But I really enjoy the flexibility of the instrument. 

I wish I could say that there is nothing I hate about being pianist, but before concerts, many times I am stressed out by pressures. Recently I found out that it is impossible to perfectly escape from the pressure, so now I am trying to get along well to live with the pressure.



  1. What is your routine before a performance? Do you follow any superstitions? 


I don’t have particular routine. I just don’t eat much before concerts.


  1. How do you feel be a part of Bailu Chamber Orchestra? What's your most memorable experiences during Bailu concert series? 


Being a part of Bailu chamber orchestra was very special experience for me. All of the concert series were wonderful memory, especially there was a particular moment in my heart.

That was in Jo Hisaishi’s concert, during we perform music from movie “Grave of fireflies”. That is a movie about Japanese kids who lost everything in the WW2. 

During the performance, I saw some audiences were crying- then I suddenly realized I perform with musicians from many different countries, to audience who are from many different countries, and we all share same feeling with the music. 

That was a special moment for me because I strongly felt that even if we are from different places and having different perspective, we can share expressions, feelings, understandings,  and music can help it.


  1. How do you balance your life as a student and musician? 


Being Music major student and Professional musician are not much different for me. I just practice in different places, school or home.

  1.  How do you feel working with musicians from different cultures and countries? 


As I mentioned before, it was special experience for me to perform with people from different places. I would love to explore more music from different cultures and countries.


  1.  When you look ahead to the next five, 10, or 20 years of your career, what do you hope to accomplish? 


I would like to expand possibilities of Classical music. Classical music is connected not only with other arts but business, traditions, society, politics, history, science, and many of other areas. Exploring how classical music can be a part of those should be very interesting.


  1. If you weren’t a pianist, what job would you want? 


Something relate with books.


  1. How does the new popularity of music streaming affect the popularity of classical music? To what extent do classical musicians need to adapt?


I think it is very good chance to get new type of audiences. I personally have difficulties to learn editing, recording, and uploading my data. Those sound engineering skill is something musicians in new generations will need.


  1. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?


classical music has an image that related with elitism. I want to change it, because Classical music is written for everyone.