"In short, a model performance" said Mr. Harris Goldsmith, a critic from New York Concert Review, about Yukiko's solo debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall held in December 2005. Her concert was totally sold out and passionately acclaimed by the audience.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, she has been active as a piano soloist and a chamber musician and has performed in the United States, Canada, Hungary, Spain, Italy, and Japan.
In Japan, besides giving solo recitals periodically, she appeared as a soloist to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with St. Martin Orchestra in Kobe in May 2009. Her concerts have been featured by news papers and broadcasted in TV.
In the United States, she has performed in major concert halls, such as Carnegie Weill Hall, Markin Concert Hall, The Kosciuszko Foundation, "Concert at One" (St. Paul Chapel) to name a few.
In 2010, she was awarded "Top 10 in 10" Distinguished Young Alumni Award, from Albion College.
As a collaborate artist, she has accompanied studios and master classes of renowned musicians such as Mr. Masao Kawasaki (violin), Mr. Paul Sperry (voice) and Sir. James Galway (flute), and Ana Maria Sanchez (voice). She was an accompanist of Festival de Cancion Espanola in Granada, Spain in the years of 2007 and 2008. She has also served as staff accompanist at Interlochen Arts Camp from year 2002-2005.
She often accompanies instrumentalists, singers, and dancers in performance both as a pianist and a member of orchestras. Her performance repertoire covers not only classical music, but also Broadway music and rock n' roll.
At the age of four she began piano studies at the Suzuki Piano School in Tokyo. At the age nine, she won the Suzuki Annual Piano Competition in which Dr. Shin-Ichi Suzuki served on the panel of judges. Since then and until coming to the United States, she has performed in major Suzuki concerts with orchestra, and as a piano duo, in addition to performing as a solo recitalist.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Utah State University, where she was honored as Student of the Year 1998, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Albion College, where she won many honors, scholarships, and the College Concerto Competition. Yukiko continued her studies till 2014 with Maestro German Diez after completing her Master's degree in piano performance at the City University of New York Brooklyn College, where she was a scholarship student. She had master classes with Mr. Abby Simon, Mr. David Dubal, Mr. Leslie Howard, Mr. Lev Natochenny, Mr. Efrem Briskin, etc.
She serves as a pianist at Redeemer Hoboken, NJ.