Hiroko Yamazaki, piano

Delaware pianist Hiroko Yamazaki has performed in the United States and abroad in Rome (Italy), Helsinki and Imatra (Finland) and Lausanne (Switzerland). She has collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists that include members of Tonhalle Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony in performances at venues including the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, Swarthmore College, Aspen Music Festival, Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum (Bolton Landing, New York) and venues in New York City and Puerto Rico.

Appearances at summer festivals include the Luzerne Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Rome (Italy) Festival and the International Festival Institute at Round Top (Texas), where her performance with Minnesota Orchestra principal oboist Basil Reeve was recorded for NPR. Ms. Yamazaki has been featured as the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major (K.488) with the Wilmington Community Orchestra. Highlights from recent seasons also include performances as the featured artist in Delaware Symphony’s Champagne Chamber Series.

As a pedagogue, Ms. Yamazaki has extensive teaching experience in private lessons, class piano and chamber music coaching. She has taught at the Darlington Fine Arts Center, Luzerne Music Center and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware. After spending several summers as a Fellow in the Collaborative Piano Program at the Aspen Music Festival and School, she was named Accompanying Coordinator and Teaching Assistant to Rita Sloan, Director of Collaborative Arts Program. Currently, she is Associate Head of the Piano Department and Master Piano Faculty with Distinction at The Music School of Delaware, where she served as chair of the piano department from 1996-2000.

Ms. Yamazaki was the winner of the Austrian-American Society Musical Scholarship Competition, which sponsored her studies at the Mozarteum Hochschule für Music und Darstellende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland, where she was a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship student of Anne Koscielny, received the University’s Presser Foundation Award and was initiated into Pi Kappa Lambda. Ms. Yamazaki also received the University’s Collaborative Piano Award and completed her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano there as a student of Rita Sloan.