Yuko Mifune

  • Piano


Born in Tokyo, award-winning pianist Yuko Mifune moved with her family to New York City when she was six years old. In New York, her early studies were with Mitsuko Ichimura, Jerome and Ronit Lowenthal, and at the age of twelve she returned to Japan and continued her studies with virtuoso pianists Akiko Iguchi, Yoko Okumura, and Kazuko Yasukawa.
Ms. Mifune has captured several impressive awards in Japan, including first prize at the prestigious Japan Music Competition. She graduated Toho Gakuen University and was awarded a 2 year scholarship from the Japanese Government to attend The Julliard School in NY where she studied under Martin Canin. She also studied chamber music with the late Samuel Sanders.
In ’91, she made her brilliant US debut in Los Angeles, winning praise from the L.A.Times. As first prize winner of Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition and Julliard Soloist Audition, she performed at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center and her performance was broadcasted throughout the nation by WQXR.
Thereafter, she returned to Japan and has maintained an active concert schedule as a top soloist. She has been invited internationally and has toured with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and St.Petersburg Orchestra in Moscow, followed by their Japan tour. Other cities include Seoul, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, and so on.
Ms. Mifune has also been successful in the media – having her own radio program, and being the host of NHK program “Weekly Book Review” for 6 yrs. She currently teaches at Kyoto City University of Arts and holds master classes and children’s outreach program as well.
She has started a sensationally unique classic duo “OBSESSION” with drums & percussionist Akira Horikoshi in 2014 and is expanding more fans crossover. Their debut album “OBSESSION” has won critical acclaim and was chosen as one of best CD of the month in Record Geijyutsu(classical audio magazine), as well as Best CD Shop Award of the year.
Her beautiful sound and dynamic virtuosity have always inspired many audiences, and has also garnered critical acclaim for her broad repertoire which spans from baroque to contemporary music.
Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts
Official HP : yukomifune.com

(November 2023)
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