Rieko Yoshizumi was born in Oita on the south Japanese island of Kyushu. Showing an early interest in the piano, she began music lessons at the age of four years. After living in the cities of Osaka and Fukuoka she attended the national High School of Music in Tokyo before going on to study at the famous Conservatory of Art and Music, also in Tokyo. There, under the guidance of Akiko Iguchi and Toshiko Katsutani, she obtained degrees in piano performance and pedagogy, while also studying vocal accompaniment and harpsichord. In her free time Rieko Yoshizumi played in a rock band.
She then travelled to Germany for advanced studies at Detmold’s College of Music under tutor Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr, successfully obtaining a diploma in concert performance. Roberto Szidon was also an important musical influence at this time.
During a successful career which has included countless solo recitals and orchestral concerts, Rieko Yoshizumi has retained her love of chamber music. As a founding member of “Trio Tre Mondi” and as a performer in diverse chamber groups she has made frequent radio broadcasts and a number of CD recordings. The world premiere recording of Jenő Takács’s Trio Rhapsody, Op.11 was extravagantly praised by classical reviewers for a performance in which “the energy of these three musicians ignites a veritable musical inferno” (Das Orchester, October 2001). The GENUIN-Debut-CD “Dresdner Moderne” was also given five-star review by Deutschlandfunk.
Rieko Yoshizumi is regularly invited to perform at leading concert series and festivals throughout Europe, as well as in Asia and South America.
For some years she concurrently held teaching positions at the music colleges of Detmold and Dresden, before taking up a professorship at the latter institution. In addition, she regularly gives masterclasses for piano and chamber music in Spain, Japan and Peru.
A Musical Journey to Russia and France
Piano works by Mussorgsky and Debussy
Rieko Yoshizumi, Piano
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Annette Unger, Violin - Rieko Yoshizumi, Piano
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