Yuko Sano – Piano
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 the Royal Festival Hall, Abbey Road Studios, 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 performing and teaching masterclasses with remarkable success. She has been invited to perform at La Folle Journée Tokyo Festival for the past four years. The British government has given her the prestigious “Tier-1 Exceptional Talent” UK visa in recognition of her remarkable 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. 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. As a teenager, she had a great passion for writing and swimming which led her to win several first prizes in both fields. 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’.