Cameron Akioka


Cameron (Cami) Akioka is currently a sophomore at Palo Alto High School in California.  She began studying piano at the age of seven and she currently studies with Olya Katsman with whom she has worked for five years.  Cami was selected as a winner in the San Francisco Chopin Competition in 2012 and 2015.  Last February, she won 1st place in the State California Association of Professional Music Teachers Concerto Competition held in Los Angeles.  She placed 3rd (2nd alternate) at the Music Teachers Association of California Concerto Competition in March of 2015.  Cami won First Prize, as well as the Audience Prize at the Sturm-Page Piano Scholarship Competition in 2014, held in Walnut Creek, California.  In 2013, she won first prize in the Solo Competition at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) State convention held in Los Angeles and was selected as 1st alternate at the Northern California Honors Auditions for CAPMT last year.  At the 2012 Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) Piano Solo Competition, Cami won first prize at the state convention held in San Diego. She was the winner in the Menuhin-Dowling Young Artist Competition in 2012 and 1st runner up in 2013.  She has competed at the Junior Bach Festival for the past four years and has been selected as a winner each year.  Cami also enjoys performing chamber music and is currently a member of the Trio Volare Piano Trio with the Young Chamber Musicians in Burlingame.

Along with her love of music, Cami is an avid soccer player and enjoys tennis, art and reading.