Matsui Sakiko from AKB48 will be making her solo debut as a pianist with the release of a classical album on October 3rd. Matsui is the only AKB48 member enrolled at a music college. She is currently a senior majoring in piano in the Department of Instrumental Music at Tokyo College of Music. She started playing the piano when she was four and has performed several times at AKB48’s concerts.
AKB48 has produced 5 soloists so far and Matsui will be the first to debut as a pianist. The supervisor for this album is Hattori Takayuki, who’s had a hand in the music for a number of TV drama series. Matsui’s album is comprised of 11 songs, including an original tune used for Nissin Cup Noodles’ CM, which Matsui and fellow AKB48 members also appeared in. The album also consists of piano arrangements of popular AKB48 melodies such as “Aitakkata”, “Heavy Rotation” and “Everyday, Kachuusha”.
Matsui expressed her aspirations to be like Matsushita Nao, an active actress and pianist, saying, “This is a happiness that I have never experienced. I would like to become a great pianist like Matsuhita Nao, who’s a senpai from my music college.”
Fans can look forward to being entranced by the melodies played by this first pianist from AKB48.