Reiko Koi was born in Tokyo. She first studied with Yoko Kubo at the Tokyo College of Music from 1994 to 1997, continuing with Gunars Larsens in Lucerne from 2000 to 2003. She then attended a chamber music course with Sebastian Hamann from 2003 to 2005.
She received second prize at the Kawasaki City Music Competition as early as 1998, going on to win first prize in two Italian cities in 2001, at the International Music Competition in Cortemilia and at the European Music Competition in Moncalieri.
Together with her piano trio «un altro trio», she won a prize at the seventh International Chamber Music Competition in Sanguinetto (Italy) and the Mozart Prize of Lucerne in 2003. She has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings since 2003 and of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since 2005.
Reiko Koi loves chamber music and is a member of the Vector Quartet. For relaxation, she plays «easy jazz» on the piano.
How did you become a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings?
«I met Gunars Larsens - leader of the Lucerne Festival Strings for many years and later my teacher - during a summer course in Lucerne in 1999. The 'Strings' came to Tokyo the following autumn, and I attended one of their concerts. It became my dream to play in this orchestra. I actually got the wonderful opportunity to play with the Lucerne Festival Strings just shortly afterwards, and have been a permanent member since 2003.
Each player is incredibly important because of the limited forces. How one plays and how one feels is immediately reflected by the others in the group. It is fun to find a common musical idea and tone colour with my colleagues. That is a welcome challenge to me.»