Kyoko Yonemoto is widely considered to be one of the most promising young violinists of today.
Laureate in some of the world's finest violin competitions, Kyoko Yonemoto was the youngest prize winner ever at the Paganini competition in 1997 in Italy where she received a special prize from the Jury, the Enrico Costa Memorial Prize. Prize winner of Long-Thibaud competition, Queen Elisabeth competition, Fritz Kreisler competition and Montreal competition. Also she won the first prize at the national competition in Japan in 2001, and the Paganini competition in Moscow 2006 in November.
Born in Tokyo in 1984, she started learning the violin at the age of three and gave her first public orchestra concert in Tokyo at the age of thirteen, performing with great passion the Mendelssohn violin concerto. She studied with Akuri Suzuki at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and was then mentored by Yoshio Unno. She gave her first recital in Tokyo in 1998.
Already a rising star in her home country where she performed regularly with the major orchestras and conductors, Kyoko Yonemoto appears also outside Japan. She gives recitals and plays with international orchestra all over in Europe and she very much enjoyed her collaboration with the Maestros Myung-whun Chung, Yuri Bashmet, Eliahu Inbal, Robert Benzi, Hanns-Martin Schneidt, Sergey Stadler, Kenchiro Kobayashi, Junichi Hirokami, and Pascal Verrot.
In 2009, she performed Paganini concerto no.1 and Vieuxtemps concerto No.4 in Big hall of Moscow conservatory accompanied by Moscow state symphony orchestra, the next year she returned to perform Vieuxtemps concerto No.5 with Pinchas Zukerman in Kremlin.
She studied with Boris Belkin and obtained the Master’s degree at the Maastricht Conservatory in Netherlands in 2012. She also takes part in at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where she was invited to the winter series to play all Brahms sonatas in 2012.
Since 2012 September, she is a professor in Maastricht Conservatorium, Netherlands.
The year 2018 is the 20th anniversary of her debut, and in March 2019 she will give a recital at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall to celebrate this milestone.
She plays a 1727 Stradivarius violin, loaned by the Suntory Foundation for Arts from 2018.