Yukiko Kojima is a native of Nagano, Japan. She received her Bachelor of Music in solo performance from McGill University where she was a student of Prof. Kyoko Hashimoto. She was awarded the Vladimir Elgart Award, the Bruneau Prize, and Outstanding Achievement in Piano from McGill University. She studied in her youth with Kyoko Azegami and Emi Han, and has taken masterclasses with Robert A. Silverman, Sara Davis Buechner, and Sara Laimon. In 2007, she won 2nd prize (no 1st prize given) in the second Masters Piano Competition in Tokyo, resulting in membership in the All Nippon Players’ Association and a prize winner concert at Sumida Triphony Hall. She performed Rachmaninoff’s 3rd piano concerto and “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini” with Iida Symphony Orchestra in 2009, and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Ensemble FANFARE in 2010.
Yukiko performs extensively in Japan, with special dedication to the works of 20th and 21st century composers, always to the acclaim of press and public alike. Her major repertoire includes John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Nikolai Kapustin, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Samuel Barber, Henri Dutilleux, and Akira Miyoshi. She has participated in many courses and masterclasses dedicated to contemporary music theory and performance (2008 and 2010 5th and 7th International Music Workshops and Festivals (IMWF) in Germany, 2010 Accademia Musicale Pescarese, in Italy with Hugh Collins Rice of Oxford Univeristy, 2010 Ticino Musica with Mari Asakawa, 2012 Lydian Chromatic Concept with Akihito Fuse).