Eri IWAMOTO-BUKOWIAN was born in Nara, Japan. She is a graduate of Soai University in Osaka. Holder of grants from the Rohm Music Foundation and Nomura Culture Foundation, which enabled her to study music for seven years in Europe. She graduated from the F.Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genéve. In 2007 she took her soloist’s diploma at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland. She was taught by: Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Maciej Piotrowski, Virginio Pavarana, Filippo Gamba, Tomasz Herbut, Sumiko Tsujimoto and Kumiko Hata.
In 2001 she received the Grand Prix at the Ninth International Milosz Magin Piano Competition in Paris, what resulted in numerous concert appearances in Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland and Japan. She has performed at the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, Viana do Castelo Music Festival in Portugal, Schubert Festival in Italy, “Chopin in the Colours of Autumn” at Antonin and the Festival “Summer with Chopin” in Busko-Zdrój, Poland.
The music of Karol Szymanowski has a privileged part in her concert activity. In the year 2005 she received a special prize for the best performance of a composition by Karol Szymanowski at the 6th. International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Łódź. In 2008 she recorded an album with music by Karol Szymanowski, issued on the Acte Préalable label. In 2009 she gave a number of recitals with Szymanowski in Japan, among others for the national radio broadcaster NHK, which brought her the Osaka Mayor’s Award for culture.
Currently she lives in Poland. She is a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Łódź.