MPhil candidate Creative Practice, Music
Area of WorkChopin in context: a critical comparison and re-evaluation of the works of his influential predecessors.
Blüthner artist 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. In the 2017-2018 season, 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, 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. Future engagments include recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses across the UK and Asia.
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). This season, she will be performing 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.