What was very impressive with Aoi Trio performance is that they sound like a real piano trio: three superb players with a lot of high individual qualities and skills and at the same time a real trio sound and spirit.
-Vincent Coq (Trio Wanderer, Pianist, Jury of ARD Competition)
Ongaku-no-Tomo, November 2018

We were stunned at how this young Japanese trio produced something spectacular at every stage: a wounderful Ives trio in the first round, equally impressive Brahms, and the only convincing -and utterly beautiful- Mozart of the competition.
-Stefan Mendl (Vienna Piano Trio, Pianist, Jury of ARD Competition)
The Strad, January 2019

The jury unanimously voted them far ahead of the other trios throughout the contest, and this was reflected in the decision ultimately to award a first prize and two third prize -but no second prize.
The Strad, January 2019