“..Negishi’s performance is mesmeric. Here, as everywhere, her innate musicality allows the music to shine.” ~ Colin Clarke, International Piano Magazine, Sept 2022
“Is there a more audacious way to commence your solo debut recording than by diving into Nikolai Kapustin’s wildly rhapsodic First Piano Sonata? Especially if you’ve got Yuki Negishi’s fast, well-oiled and supremely confident fingers..” ~ Jed Distler, Gramophone Magazine, July 2022
Yuki Negishi has established herself as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity, equally at home as an adjudicator, educator and researcher, captivating audiences wherever she performs around the world. Yuki has already performed in over 500 concerts in the UK alone, including many of the most important halls and festivals, and regularly performs about 30 concerts a year as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in countries such as the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Switzerland (Tonhalle), Italy (Festival diLondra, Blanc European Festival, Artepiano International Festival), Romania, Japan, China, Bangladesh and the USA. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Scala Radio, Xray FM, ITV, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio.
She has released her debut CD through the Quartz label (www.quartzmusic.com) in May 2022, including music by Chopin, Kapustin, the world-premiere recordings of Melanie Spanswick’s “Enigma” written for Yuki in 2019, and Robert Mitchell’s “Our Hearts Dance the Infinite (As the Giant PuyaBlooms)” to unanimous reviews from Gramophone Magazine, International Piano Magazine and Record Geijutsu Japan. Another CD has been released in conjunction with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation of unrecorded works by the Japanese composer Koichi Kishi, with violinist Yukiko Ishibashi in October 2022, by the Japanese label Mittenwald.
During the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic, she performed for various online festivals including the AndraTuttoBene Festival Online, Absolute Classics Festival Online (which featured on ITV News and her 5 recitals have reached over 100K views), Piano Week Online Festival and CityMusic Live (8 recitals). Her “Piano Music by Women” series in June/July 2020 was chosen in the TOP 5 online performances for the week of 29 June alongside Wigmore recitals by Angela Hewitt and MitsukoUchida/Mark Padmore by PIANIST Magazine.
She also served as a jury member for the Sussex International Piano Competition four times consecutively since its inauguration in 2010 (including the most recent 2018 edition) alongside such distinguished pianists as Artur Pizarro (Leeds 1st prize 1990), Vanessa Latarche (RCM Head of Keyboard) and Idil Biret. Other competitions she has adjudicated include the Open Piano Competition (2012), the London Youth Piano Competition (2019, 2021-2023), Music and Stars Awards (2020 & 2021), the Artepiano International E-Competition (2021-2023), the International Competition of Music and Arts 2021, the Indonesia International Youth Music Olympics (April 2022) and the International JSFest Instrumental Music Competition (Nov 2022). She will also be a jury of the Scandinavian International Instrumental Music Competition in July 2023.
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 of Music 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 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 JeunessesMusicales 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 London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.Yuki has also released a DVD from Sound Techniques in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green. For more info: www.yukinegishi.com.