Praised for her “thrilling, inspirational performance” (Florida Sun-Sentinel) and noted for “elegance of line, leaping energy” (San Jose Mercury News), pianist Yukiko Sekino has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 16, and has since appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the New World Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Nova Vista Symphony, and Lakeside Symphony.
Gold Medalist of the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition, Sekino also received the Public Prize through audience vote for her final round performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. In 2010, she was a winner of the S&R Washington Award, which recognizes exceptional artists in the fields of music, fine arts, photography, film, and dance. As the winner of the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition, she is currently giving recitals, concerto performances, and masterclasses throughout the United States. Other honors include the Jackson Prize at Tanglewood Music Center, JAA Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation.
Recent recital engagements include Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, Tri-County Concerts Association in Pennsylvania, Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City, Harvard Club of New York City, Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Colby College, UMass Lowell, Slippery Rock University, and Ithaca College. Her performances have been broadcast on WFMT (Chicago) and WQXR (New York) radio stations.
An avid chamber musician, Sekino has been invited to Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, and Thy (Denmark) festivals. Between 2005–2008, she served as a pianist of New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Having a significant interest in new music, she has premiered numerous chamber works in New York, Boston, Miami, and at Tanglewood.
Sekino is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, and holds a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Seymour Lipkin, Robert Levin, and Eda Shlyam. She is currently an Affiliate Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and teaches piano at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University; M.M., The Juilliard School; D.M.A., SUNY Stony Brook. Studied with Gilbert Kalish, Seymour Lipkin, Robert Levin, and Eda Shlyam. Faculty, MIT; former faculty, Colby College.