Yoko Reikano Kimura

YOKO REIKANO KIMURA, koto/shamisen performer and singer, has concertized around the world. Her koto performance was touted as “exquisite and compelling” by Kyoto Aoyama Music Award jury. The New York Times described her shamisen playing and singing as “superb.” A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, she was awarded the top prize for her graduation recital. She also studied at the NHK School for Young Professionals and the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music. Her teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata, and a Living National Treasure, Senko Yamabiko. She holds Master qualifications for both Yamada school and Kato style shamisen. Currently she is a faculty member of the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music in Japan. Awards include the First prize at the prestigious Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition and the Great Wall International Music Competition. She received a scholarship from the Agency of Culture Affairs of Japan and won the Japanese music audition for NHK radio. Yoko also works extensively with cellist Hikaru Tamaki, as Duo YUMENO commissioning new music and expanding the repertoire.  As a soloist, she has performed Kin'ichi Nakanoshima’s Shamisen Concerto at the National Olympic Memorial Center in 2004. In 2013 Yoko performed Daron Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji with the Euclid Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, Freimann Quartet and the Prairie Ensemble Orchestra, conductor Kevin Kelly. In 2014, Yoko premiered Kaito Nakahori’s Japanese Footbridge for koto and chamber ensemble at Jordan Hall, Boston and in the following year, performed James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Concertante at the Round Top Music Festival. As a collaborator, Yoko has worked with Heiner Goebbels, the Wien Solisten Trio (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members), Kyo-Shin-An Arts, Kenny Endo among others. Yoko has toured Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy, Turkey and multiple countries in South America. 

To learn more about Yoko, please visit reikano.yamadaryu.com