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Rieko Yoshizumi

Rieko Yoshizumi

Professor Rieko Yoshizumi wins over her audience with her sensitive and elegant interpretations of wisely chosen pieces as well as her charming demeanour, introducing the public to her music through short but precise explanations. Born in Japan, she took her first piano classes at age four. She studied piano and music education at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Apart from playing the piano, she did also learn how to play the harpsichord and took song accompaniment classes. During her studies, she was part of rock band.

A postgraduate course at the University of Music Detmold brought her to Germany. She took her concert exam for piano in the soloist class with Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurr and studied with Roberto Szidon. Together with her fellow students, Peruvian violinist Carlos Johnson and German cellist Clemens Krüger, she founded the trio Tre Mondi, interpreting pieces from classical to contemporary music on stages in Germany, Europa and South America.  

As a soloist, she made guest appearances with several orchestras, such as the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Berliner Virtuosen and the Detmolder Solisten, performing in Europe, Japan, Peru and the Lebanon. Various CD and radio productions show her creative work in the field of chamber music. In addition, she regularly follows invitations to international music festivals and concert series in Europe, Asia and South America.

Yoshizumi’s broad repertoire includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Ravel, Villa-Lobos and Shostakovitch as well as by contemporary composers such as Hans-Josef Winkler, Alejandro Bisetti and Toshiro Mayuzumi. She is especially fond of the romanticism.

After graduating, Rieko Yoshizumi obtained a lectureship at the University of Music Detmold. Since 1994, she has also been teaching at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music Dresden, where she was appointed professor in 2000. She does also give master classes in piano and chamber music in Spain, Peru and Japan.