Japanese mezzo soprano Yuki Akimoto is studies on the Royal Academy Opera Programme under the tutelage of Yvonne Howard and Iain Ledingham. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate Classical singing studies with Chieko Teratani and Noriko Sasaki at Tokyo University of Arts.
She is grateful for the support of the Norman Ayrton Scholarship and she is a recipient of a scholarship from the Japanese Government. She received a music scholarship from Heiwado-foundation and the Japan Federation of Musicians.
She won the 1st prize in 2019 Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award and also won the 1st prize in a big competition in Japan. She is a finalist of Wagner Society Competition.
For her graduation for the BA at Tokyo University of the Arts, she won the Acanthus Music Prize and Douseikai prize.
Recent role includes Laura in Iolanta, Ino in Semle for Royal Academy Opera. Other roles include the Foreign princess in Rusalka for Nissay Opera production in Japan, Wellgunde in The Rheingold, Waltraute in The Valkyrie, Wellgunde and the second Norn in Twilight of the Gods in a large-scale music festival in Tokyo (Tokyo Spring Festival). Octavian in The Knight of the Rose, and Idamante in Idomeneo at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She covered the role of Schwertleite in The Vaikyrie for Vienna State Opera's production in Japan.
Yuki has also performed solo parts in Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Schnittke’s oratorio Nagasaki, Haydn’s Theresiemesse, among others. She has sung British and Japanese national anthem for a reception to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. Future engagements include the title role in Cherubin for Royal Academy of Opera and several recitals with the Academy Song Circle.