Atzko was born and raised in Japan, and currently resides in Amsterdam,The Netherlands. She studied classical piano from an early age and opened her eyes to jazz in her early teens. She is a self-taught jazz pianist. While studying law as a college student in Keio University, Tokyo, she was an active member of the jazz big band, Keio Light Music Society. After graduation she appeared in jazz clubs in Tokyo, gigging in quintets and eventually formed her own piano trio.
From 1994 to 2001, Atzko lived in New York, where she learned from jazz master Steve Kuhn. Her music was influenced by this association. After Atzko moved back to Japan, she performed in live gigs in jazz clubs in the Tokyo metropolitan area. She also has composed music for C.G. animation for children and radio drama, and arranged the jazz music for Rosco, the piano-violin duo.
Japanese jazz pianist Atzko Kohashi has been living in Amsterdam since 2005. All these years to her immense satisfaction, as she writes in the liner notes to her latest album. The city inspires her; she has encountered many wonderful people, and she extols the rich jazz history of the Dutch capital, which boasts visits by many of the greatest names from the history of jazz. Clearly the album title 'Amstel Moments' is of great significance to this jazz pianist. With 'Amstel Moments', both Atzko Kohashi and bassist Frans van der Hoeven have recorded the first duo album of their career. And do they get off to a good start! Because the record is a wonderful sampling of their ability, combining abundant craftsmanship with a subtle sensibility for each other's emotions
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