Tomoko Ono
Pianist / Korrepetitorin / Educator


I am a pianist and music teacher living in Berlin, Germany. I received my D.M.A. and M.M. at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA, and my B.M. at Toho School of Music in Tokyo. As a performer, I especially enjoy collaborative works, accompanying, and contemporary music.


As accompanist (Korrepetitorin), I work with instrumentalists and vocalists of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals, for events such as concerts, recitals, auditions, competitions, masterclasses, rehearsals, and recording sessions. I have also worked as an accompanist for choirs and churches.

Contemporary Music

I was a member of Illinois Modern Ensemble from 2012-2017; during this time, I was featured as soloist in works by Edmund Campion, Salvatore Martirano, and Sunyeong Pak. I have also performed in chamber and ensemble pieces by many modern masters, including Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Reich, Mathias Spahlinger, and Agata Zubel.

In Berlin I have performed with the Harmonic Space Orchestra.

I regularly collaborate with composers and present premieres of new works. In 2014 I received the 21st Century Piano Commission Award with composer Sean Harold. I am showcased on a digital album of Sean Harold's music for solo piano, on No Thank You Recordings, which can be purchased here.


I have taught piano to students of all ages, with varying skill levels and diverse musical interests. At University of Illinois I was a faculty member of the Piano Laboratory Program. My teaching philosophy is focused on musicality. I encourage my students to form their own musical opinions and express themselves in their playing. In addition to piano technique and repertoire, I instill a knowledge of music theory that the student can take forward with them as they develop. I currently teach in English, Japanese and German.


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