YOKO NISHII, piano−JAPAN
YOKO NISHII was born in Ise, Japan.
She began to play the piano at the age of 4.
After graduating from "Keio University" in Tokyo for studies of French literature in 1998, she entered Music Academy "Ino Mirkovic" situated in Lovran, Croatia with full scholarship for 2 years.
She finished the academic program in only 2 years of studies (normally it lasts 4 years) and graduated with excellent grades under prof. Evgeny Zarafiants in 2000.
From the academic year 2000/01, she entered the postgraduate piano study in the class of prof.E. Zarafiants and also worked as assistant of obligatory piano.
In July 2001, she got “Master of Music Art” degree.
Also she often worked as accompanist in “Flute Master Class” held in the same academy by prof. Pierre-Yves Artaud from Paris.
From 2001 to 2003, she worked as assistant in the piano class of prof. E.Zarafiants in the same academy.
From 2005 to 2007 she did advanced study at Zagreb Music Academy as the fellowship under the Japanese Government Overseas Program for Artists.
Until now she studied with prof.Mitsuko Tomio, prof.Naofumi Kaneshige, prof.Kyoko Ogawa, prof.Hitoshi Kobayashi and prof.Evgeny Zaraiants.
Currently she is a part-time lecturer at Aichi University of the Arts in Japan.
Winner and finalist at numerous international competitions.
She has given numerous solo recitals and various concerts as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player in Croatia (46 solo recitals in 24 cities and towns), Slovenia, Montenegro, Italy, Hungary and Japan.
She has also performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (cond.:Leonid Nikolaev) in Croatia (Zagreb, Opatija) and the Cuban National Symphonic Orchestra in Cuba (Habana).
She works hard on research and dissemination of Croatian and other Ex-Yugoslavian composers and music.
In February 2015 she has published a set of 2 CDs which includes the complete solo piano works of the first significant Croatian female composer "Dora Pejacevic" from Japanese CD label "Herb Classics" on her 130th birth anniversary.