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Julia Okaji, born on February 8, 1977, started learning piano at 7 years, and since 9 years studied by Martin Bally in the Music School Voršilská in Prague (called Music School of Prague now). In 1990 she entered the class of Eva Boguniova at the Prague Conservatoire, where took part also in master courses of Nelly Akopian, and Martin Bally. After graduation in 1997 she was admitted to the Prague Academy. She started her study by Boris Krajny, then continued by Miroslav Langer. During her study, Julia Okaji has been given Dr. Holzknecht prize in the Chopin competition (Marianske Lazne,1993) and Smetana prize in Smetana competition (Hradec Kralove,1994). In addition, she was awarded first prize from the International Piano Competition in Tokyo (Japan, 1998), and second prize from the International Piano Competition in Pinerolo (Italy, 1999). She has given many recitals and took part in concerts in Prague (e.g.Rudolfinum Suk Hall) and other cities of Czech Republic, and played also at the Inauguration concert of the new Italian piano Fazioly (Prague Academy, 1998). Her interests concern not only solo playing but also piano duos (concerts given with B. Sejakova in Prague, 1997). In 1999, she was invited to play in Tokyo at the Excelent Artists Concert and at her recital in Tokyo she performed all of the Smetana's Czech Dances II. Her article about Czech music and Czech music life appeared in the Japanese music magazine Pause (1998).

     
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