New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and Berkshires Interharmony International Festival Orchestra. She won First Prize in the Richmond County Orchestra Musicians Competition and American Protégé International Strings and Piano Competition, and also received a Distinguished Musician Diploma from the IBLA Grand Prize Competition where the jury remarked on her "remarkably precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects."
She has performed in venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA; Steinway Hall in New York; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; and the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival where she collaborated with some of the founding members of the American String Quartet. Akiko Kobayashi also takes part in various charitable events and encourages the exploration of classical music: such as founding and organizing a classical benefit concert for the Annie Le Memorial Fellowship Fund sponsored by the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni; or coordinating a series of lectures, concerts, as well as outreach at local schools in the Gala Mozart Festival near Pittsburgh, PA.
She also enjoys exploring challenges beyond the range of music, as when she graduated with a double degree in biology and music from Yale University. She graduated with a Master of Music in Classical Violin from the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied with Sidney Harth, Victor Aitay, Zvi Zeitlin, Felix Galimir and Rachel Barton.