Tamayo Ikeda was born in Japan in 1971, and began playing at the age of three. She joined the Toho Gakuen institute 1986 and she moved to France to complete her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where she studied piano with Jacques Rouvier and chamber music with Régis Pasquier. She was awarded two first prizes in these disciplines before joining the higher studies class of Pascal Devoyon.
Tamayo Ikeda is the beneficiary of a grant from the APEF and the Société Générale Bank, and has received valuable advice from leading artists such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Léon Fleisher and Maria Joao Pirès.
Her intuitive yet structured playing has been rewarded in many competitions, including Second Prize and the special Claude Debussy prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International competition (no first prize was awarded that year), a special prize at the Porto International competition, and both First Prize and the special Casadesus prize at the Francis Poulenc International competition.
Tamayo Ikeda has appeared at a number of major European festivals, in South Africa, Russia, Indonesia and at prestigious venues such as the Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo and the Carnegie Hall in New York. She has appeared on several television and radio programmes. She often worked for France-Musique radio station, with the greatest solo players or conductors such as Gerard Poulet, Régis Pasquier, Roland Daugareil, Jean Ferrandis, Jean Deroyer, Naoto Otomo, etc.
Her discography includes a recording of works by Poulenc and Fauré, Arcobaleno, 2001 as well as a DVD of works by Ravel and Stravinsky with the pianist Patrick Zygmanowski. With the latter, she recorded a compact disc of works by Schubert in June 2009, which was unanimously acclaimed by critics. In 2002 she became the artistic director of the Festival des Musiques Festiv’ in Entre-Deux-Mers, in Gironde.
Arcobaleno 1999 Works by Fauré and Poulenc
Creativ’Art japan 2006 DVD piano 4 hands
Corélia 2010 L’Imparfait / text by Charles Perrault / voice by Coline Serreau
Warner 2009 Piano 4 hands
Harmonia Mundi 2014 Piano 4 hands