YUKI NEGISHI

CONCERT PIANIST

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Blüthner artist Yuki Negishi is now established as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a charismatic stage personality. Yuki has already performed in over 400 concerts in the UK where she has resided since 2001, and she regularly performs about 30 concerts a year internationally. In the 2017-2018 season, she performed twice in Beijing (also giving masterclasses as part of Piano Week), twice in Tokyo (at the famous Toppan Hall), at the Dumfries & Galloway International Arts Festival presented by Absolute Classics, and numerous other venues in the UK. 

Her past engagements with orchestra have included the Brahms 2nd, Rachmaninoff's 2nd, Poulenc, Beethoven’s  “Emperor”, Grieg, Ravel G major, Chopin 1st and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra/Shaun Matthew, New London Sinfonia/David Gibson, North London Sinfonia/Owen Leech, Worthing Symphony Orchestra/John Gibbons and Ealing Symphony Orchestra/John Gibbons. She has given recitals across the UK (Southbank Centre, St John's Smith Square, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, Leeds International Concert Series, D&G International Musicians' Platform, St George's Bristol, Southampton Guildhall, St James's Piccadilly, Blackheath Halls, Steinway Hall, the Bluthner Lansdowne Club series, etc.) the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Italy (Festival di Londra), Romania, Japan, China and the USA. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki Negishi started playing the piano at the age of 5 in New York City. At the age of 10, she was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division as an honorary scholarship student. Yuki has since worked with such eminent figures as the late Takahiro Sonoda, Christian Zacharias, the late Irina Zaritskaya, Dominique Merlet, Dr Peter Katin and Murray Perahia at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal College of Music where she obtained her Masters in Music degree with distinction and Artist Diploma. At the age of 16, she was the youngest prize-winner at the Takahiro Sonoda Piano Competition and she was awarded the 2nd prize at the 2000 International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest. Since coming to the UK in 2001, she has additionally won no less than 10 coveted prizes at the RCM and elsewhere.

Yuki is also a keen chamber musician, and has collaborated with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and regularly performs with the award-winning London Myriad Ensemble (www.londonmyriad.com). This season, she will be performing with the 1st prize-winners of the Munich International Competition 2012, Trio Oreade (www.trio-oreade.ch) in Switzerland and the UK.

Yuki has released a solo CD, and also a DVD from Sound Techniques in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green. She also served as one of the jury members for the 2010, 2013, and 2015 Sussex International Piano Competition consecutively since its inauguration, alongside such distinguished pianists as Artur Pizarro (Leeds 1st prize 1990), Vanessa Latarche (RCM Head of Keyboard), Ian Fountain (RAM Professor), Julian Jacobson (RCM Professor), Idil Biret, and George-Emmanuel Lazaridis. She was invited as a guest jury of the Open Piano Competition (London, October 2012). Yuki is a regular faculty member of Piano Week (www.pianoweek.com) since 2015 where she gives masterclasses and recitals.

She will be a member of the jury for the Sussex Int'l Piano Competition in April 2018 for the fourth time. Future engagements include recitals, masterclasses and concerto performances across the UK and Asia.


"--Yuki Negishi’s performance of Mozart’s limpid, gently melancholy Piano Concerto no. 23 was a dream throughout, with moderate tempi and beautifully nuanced phrasing- this was exceptional Mozart playing.The orchestra provided a steady accompaniment and at times, as in the last section of Adagio, were inspired to playing that responded fully to the poignant simplicity displayed by their soloist."
      --Ken Ward, Bachtrack, May 2012

     "...The soloist, Yuki Negishi proved to be more than equal to this very demanding concerto (Brahms 2nd). The audience loved her seemingly effortless technique and faultless memory. Indeed their applause was such that Yuki was persuaded to play the Db Chopin Nocturne as an encore. A uniquely memorable evening!"  --Frank James, The Scarborough News, May 2011



Updated 20 April 2018