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Yukio Yokoyama – 3rd Prize winner, 12th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1990). Yukio Yokoyama took up the piano in early childhood, showing an early talent for the instrument and for composition. He was introduced to Herbert von Karajan and Mstislav Rostropovich at a young age, who announced that the child should dedicate himself to music. He began regular piano lessons with Jun Date at the age of 12, followed by composition classes with Masayuki Nagatomi. Mr. Yokoyama then studied music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Thanks to a French government scholarship he was able to continue his studies with Professors Jacques Rouvier and Vlado Perlemuter at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He graduated, obtaining the Premier Prix, in 1990.
Mr. Yokoyama was awarded 1st Prize in piano and composition at the All-Japan Student Competition of the Mainichi Shimbun daily (1984), and was awarded at three international piano competitions: the Busoni in Bolzano (5th Prize, 1989), Long-Thibaud in Paris (3rd Prize, 1989) and Chopin Competition in Warsaw (3rd Prize, 1990).
Since his success at the Chopin Competition, Mr. Yokoyama has been developing his professional stage career. In 1995, he gave a recital at the jubilee 50th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, performing works by Beethoven and Chopin (including Etudes Op. 10).
He has made several recordings for Sony Classical, including Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor, Sonata in B flat minor, Sonata in B minor, Etudes Op. 10 and 25.
In 1993, he won a culture award from the city of Yokohama for his artistic achievements.