Project Description

YUKI NEGISHI

Yuki Negishi has established herself as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity, as well as an adjudicator, educator and researcher, captivating audiences wherever she performs around the world. Yuki has already performed in over 400 concerts in the UK alone, including many of the most important halls and festivals, and regularly performs about 30 concerts a year internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in countries such as the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy (Festival di Londra), Romania, Japan, China and the USA. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio. She will be curating a Beethoven series throughout 2020 showcasing his solo piano and chamber music works. She will also be releasing a CD through the Quartz label including music by Chopin, Kapustin and the world-premiere recording of Melanie Spanswick’s “Enigma”, written for Yuki in 2019. Other upcoming engagments include recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses across the UK and Asia. She will be on the jury of the 3rd Wimbledon International Piano Competition (www.wimbledonpiano.com) in June 2020.
In the past two seasons, she has given recitals and masterclasses in Beijing as part of Piano Week, sold-out recitals in Tokyo (at the famous Toppan Hall), recitals at St John’s Smith Square London, St James’s Piccadilly, at the Dumfries & Galloway International Arts Festival presented by Absolute Classics, and dozens of other venues in the UK. She also served as a jury member for the Sussex International Piano Competition consecutively four times since its inauguration (including the recent 2018 edition) 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), legendary pianists Idil Biret, Chee-Hung Toh and Dennis Lee. This past season also saw the launch of the newly formed Solomon Piano Quintet with several appearances performing premieres in London and Tokyo.
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 in 2006. 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. As a chamber musician, Yuki 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). In 2018, she performed with the 1st prize-winners of the Munich International String Trio 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. Yuki is a regular faculty member of Piano Week (www.pianoweek.com) since 2015 where she gives masterclasses and recitals.
“…the orchestra  under Shaun Matthew was first-rate, and the soloist, pianist Yuki Negishi was exceptional…Yuki gave a spirited account of the work (Grieg), full of virtuosic fireworks. The capacity audience gave her a well-deserved ovation.” –Frank James, The Scarborough News November 2017
“–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

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