Tokiwa Onoda

Currently in the third year of her Bachelor’s degree, Tokiwa Onoda first began learning the piano at the age of four in Tokyo, Japan. After moving to Australia, she completed a Certificate of Performance at Sydney’s Trinity College London with Distinction, received the Highest Score Award and the Queensland Top of State Award. The following year she completed the Associate Diploma under the tutelage of Vicky Yang. Over the years, Tokiwa has received a number of prizes for piano, including the Open Scholarship at the Redlands Eisteddfod in 2013, first prize at the Queensland Piano Competition in 2014 and 2017, the Wight Memorial Medal for Piano in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the Jefferies Bursary for Music at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School, as well as the Ruby Cooling Prize in 2018. Moreover, she received the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship, was the joint recipient of the Queenslanders Foundation prize and received the Margaret Anne Kerrison Pianoforte Prize for the highest exam result in both first and second year. Recently, Tokiwa performed with the Brisbane Girls Grammar Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

She has also performed in masterclasses with a variety of renowned artists including Alexander Strukov, Roy Howat, Peter Hill, and Aleksander Madzar.

Tokiwa is currently studying under Oleg Stepanov at the Queensland Conservatorium.