Biography

Atzko Kohashi, who currently resides in Amsterdam, is a Japanese born pianist with international background. By the age of 5, her musical path began by studying classical piano in Japan. During her university studies (Law at Keio University in Tokyo), she joined the college jazz big band. From 1994-2001, Atzko lived in New York where she studied jazz piano with the master Steve Kuhn. After moving back to Tokyo in 2001, she played frequently with various local jazz musicians. Atzko has thus experienced three different cultures: Japanese, American and European. Such multicultural background has surely influenced her view on music and led to her unique musical style. “Warm, Natural and human” ''Still waters run deep” “Being neither too much nor too little, which seems something common with Zen philosophy”– critics describe the playing of pianist Atzko Kohashi. Whilst her musical root lies in Jazz, she adapts the melodies to her own voice.

 

After moving to Amsterdam in 2005, she formed a duo with Dutch bassist Frans van der Hoeven and released duo album Amstel Moments in 2009 and Waltz for Debby in 2013. She also made an album with Drummer Sebastiaan Kaptein called Dualtone. Then all three musicians came together and produced the album Lujon. Atzko went on a tour to Japan as part of the duo in 2013 and as a trio in 2016, playing at several concert halls in Japan. The trio’s concert at Hakuju-hall in Tokyo was selected as ‘’one of the most impressive concerts in the year 2016” by JazzTokyo.

 

During those years she has also collaborated with Japanese musicians such as bassist Yosuke Inoue and guitarist Kazuma Fujimoto. In 2017 she released an album called Elegy with Russian classical cellist Maya Fridman in ÆON trio - jazz & classics cross-border. She also released her first vinyl album Lost & Found accompanied by Dutch Surinamese singer Denise Jannah. Atzko and Denise succeeded a duo concert at DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam in October 2020.  

She also works on the trio project with Dutch trumpeter Angelo Verploegen and bassist Tony Overwater, and the trio released their new album called Virgo in 2019.

Atzko recently made a new recording with Eddy Koopman, percussionist of Metropole Orchestra, and their concerts will be scheduled this year.            

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