"...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, May 2011
Yuki Negishi is increasingly in demand as an artist of rare poetry, intensity and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a magnetic personality. Yuki has already performed in over 200 concerts in the UK where she has resided since 2001, and she regularly performs about 30 concerts a year internationally. Her most recent engagements included a performance of the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra/Shaun Matthew, Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto with the New London Sinfonia/David Gibson, Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra/John Gibbons, Mozart's Piano Concerto K.488 with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra/John Gibbons, 9 recitals across Holland, recitals across the UK, an appearance at the Southbank Centre, and the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre in London.
Alongside her busy performing career, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London under the supervisions of Douglas Finch and Dr Sophie Fuller. Future engagements include numerous recitals across the UK and Europe. 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 in the class of the late Richard Fabre, who was a pupil of the celebrated Rosina Lhevinne. After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music with honours and at the Amsterdam Conservatory, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance and Masters in Music Degree, both with distinction, and the Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Mikako Abe, Jan Marisse Huizing, and Ruth Nye MBE. Yuki has also 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 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.
Recent engagements in 2010 included a series of recitals to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin and Schumann (Lansdowne Club, St James's Piccadilly London, Tithe Barn Lenham, Bristol Cathedral, Chopin/Polska/The Course project, etc), concerts in Holland, and as soloist performing the Emperor, Ravel and Chopin Concertos. In previous seasons, Yuki Negishi has been invited to perform in recitals and festivals, and has made appearances with orchestras in the UK (Leeds International Concert Series, St James's Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, the Bluthner Lansdowne Club series, etc.), the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy (Festival di Londra), Romania, Japan and the USA. She has toured extensively in the Netherlands supported by The International Holland Music Sessions, performing in no fewer than 15 cities (including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam).
Her performances have been broadcast on Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio. As a keen chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Japan Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and regularly plays with the award-winning London Myriad Ensemble. She was one of the official pianists for the 2008 International Benjamin Britten Violin Competition held in London, and at the 2008, 2010 and 2011 International Holland Music Sessions, working with students in Professor Gyorgy Pauk, Krysztof
Wegrzyn and David Takeno's classes.
Yuki has released a solo CD, and a DVD in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green from Sound Techniques has also been released. She also served as one of the jury members for the 2010 1st Sussex International Piano Competition in association with Worthing Symphony Orchestra (principal conductor: John Gibbons) and Bluthner Piano Centre alongside such distinguished pianists as Artur Pizarro (1st prize Leeds 1990), Vanessa Latarche (RCM Head of Keyboard), Ian Fountain, Dina Parakhina, Julian Jacobson and George-Emmanuel Lazaridis. She is also due to be a member of the jury of the new Open Piano Competition to be held in London in October 2012.
Yuki is generously supported by the London Bluthner Piano Centre.