London-based Japanese pianist Yuko Sano is known for her virtuosity and magical sound making with unlimited colors. Her international career as a concert pianist began at the age of 8 in Salzburg. She has performed in over 40 cities across China, Europe, the UK, the USA, and South America as well as in Japan, including solo appearances with eminent orchestras. In October 2013, she made her London debut at the Southbank Centre for the festival ‘The Rest is Noise’. Since then she has performed at Abbey Road Studios, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, Steinway Hall, Japanese Embassy in the UK, and Draper’s Hall. Most recently, she has toured in Chile and China performing and teaching masterclasses with remarkable success. She has been invited to perform at La Folle Journée Tokyo Festival for the past six years. The British government has given her the prestigious “Tier-1 Exceptional Talent” UK visa in recognition of her international musical career.
Yuko Sano graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) after studying at the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest for one year with Prof. Falvai Sándor and Prof. Gulyás István. In 2013, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her MA with a Dip RAM distinction and graduated with the Walter MacFarren Prize, the Nancy Dickinson Award, and the Maud Hornsby Award. In 2016, she completed her Advanced Diploma at the Academy under the tutelage of Christopher Elton. She also studied chamber music with Michael Dussek, and music research with Roderick Chadwick.
Yuko has won both 1st prize and Grand Prix at the PIARA Piano Competition, top prize at the Burckhardt International Piano Competition, and 1st prize at the Composition Competition in Tokyo, amongst others. Her debut album “Kotoba” was released in March 2018 and includes live recordings of Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, and the Japan premiere performance of Stephen Hough’s Piano Sonata No.1. The CD has met with critical acclaim, being featured as ‘Special selection of the month’ in Record Geijutsu Magazine, and one of Chopin Magazine’s ‘Top 4 selections’.
A passionate advocate for musical outreach work, Ms. Sano has organised regular Piano Talk Shows in schools across Japan since she was 15, which have become increasingly popular. More recently, her activities have led her to collaborate with outreach schemes ranging from Science Museum presentations to Art exhibitions featuring works of disabled children. During the last year, she contributed to the success of the first Super Global High school Project by coordinating an exchange programme between Geiko Music High school in Japan and the Royal Academy of Music in London, supported by the Japanese Government. She started Sunday Livestream Concert Series in March 2020 from home in London to keep sharing music when live concerts were all stopped due to COVID-19, and this series has reached over 45,000 viewers worldwide so far.
Yuko Sano was the first Japanese pianist to become a Young Steinway Artist in 2014, and became a Steinway Artist in 2018. She was invited to New York to record for Steinway’s SPIRIO catalogue and her recordings are now available on SPIRIO worldwide. In celebration of Steinway’s 165 years anniversary, she was engaged for a 5 week tour across China.
Livestream Concert Series
Every Sunday!! on Yuko’s official YouTube page. This has been her great passion since the outbreak of COVID19. This series has reached to over 45,000 people around the world since March! Join her concert series from your home this Sunday here!!
Be the first to watch her new videos! She regularly posts new videos on her social media, and enjoys exchanging ideas and opinions with her followers. She also posts ‘Behind the music’ video every week introducing and talking about Sunday’s programme exclusively on Patreon.
Concert / Touring
Yuko is passionate about traveling and sharing music with audiences. She has performed in over 40 cities around the world. Find out where she will be next from ‘Concert’. If you are interested in having her as a part of your project, feel free to get in touch via contact.
Teaching / Masterclass
Yuko enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping to develop skills from young to grownup students. She currently has limited availability for regular teachings, but feel free to inquire here and you might get lucky! If you would like to invite Yuko as a part of masterclass, please get in touch here!