Born in Japan, Miyoko NakayaLotto began her music studies at the age of 5 at the Toho School of Music.Having studied in Chicago with Saul Dorfman, and in Tokyo with Aiko Iguchi, Ms. Lotto won Third Prize at the age of 17 in the prestigious Mainichi-NHK Music Competition of Japan.
Ms. Lotto completed her B.M., M.S and Post-Graduate Degrees at The Juilliard School.After just 3 years, she was chosen by her mentor, Sascha Gorodnitzki, to become his assistant.She went on to teach at the same institution for 18 years as assistant to Sascha Gorodnitzki.
Ms. Lotto was a Finalist in the Kosciuszko Chopin, the Concert Artist Guild, the Young Concert Artist, and the Italian F. Busoni International Piano Competitions; she won Second Place in the Juilliard Orchestra Concerto Competition, andFirst Prize in the Sterling Staff Competition. She has performed throughout the U.S, and made her New York City debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1970.
She has given master classes in Japan, the U.S., Israel, China, Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain, and has served as juror for the Gina Bachauer, the Hilton Head, and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions.During the summers Ms. Lotto is on the faculty of Euro Arts Festival in Germany, the International Academy of Music in Italy; and the Cliburn Summer Institute, the Summit Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Program in the US.
Miyoko Lotto has been on the faculty at NYU, and currently teaches at SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program.Her students have been prizewinners at the prestigious Leeds, Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer, Hamamatsu, and the International Chopin piano competitions.
Ms. Lotto worked as music consultant and editor with pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim in creating the documentary “Barenboim on Beethoven”, which was the Gran Prix winner in the 2008 Cannes Music Festival.Ms. Lotto also was the moderator for a documentary film, “Mahler: The New York Years”, interviewing Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Mahler specialist, Henry de La Grange.
Miyoko Lotto is Vice-President and Director of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Foundation, and is currently writing a book on Sascha Gorodnitzki.