was born in Tokyo, Japan. She took piano lessons from Ikuko Yamaguchi, Yasuko
Kubota and Prof. Atuko Jinzai. She studied at Toho Music High School Tokyo under
Kyoko Ohashi, later under Prof. Martin Hughes and Prof. Rainer Becker at
Universität der Künste Berlin, graduated „Diplom“. She continued studying on the
Soloist course “Konzertexamen” under Prof. Robert Benz at Staatliche Hochschule für
Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim and completed her “Konzertexamen” with
the best score.
She participated various master cources – under Bernhard Wambach, Théodore
Paraskivesco, Bernard Ringeissen and Bruno Leonardo Gelber, in 2001 Participation
in the 6th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy (under Hiroko Nakamura, John
O’Conor, Sergio Perticaroli, Jacques Rouvier and Oxana Yablonskaya).
She won the prizes at the various international competitions in Rome, in Calabria, in
Epinal, in Barcelona und beim Brahms-Wettbewerb in Pörtschach with the chamber
Her performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto KV466 with the Berlin Symphony
Orchestra received high acclaim and she has been invited back every year since. She
has already more than 20 appearances at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
Yukako Morikawa is a devoted chamber musician, and has been invited by many
international festivals to perform with musicians.
Additionally the performance of Yukako Morikawa was broadcasted among NDR, HR,
SWR and Schweizer Radio DRS2.
She serves on Faculty of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and the
Universität der Künste Berlin as a collaborative pianist. She works regularly as
official pianist for international competitions and the instrumental masterclasses with
such eminent artists as, Nora Chastain, Ana Chumachenco, Mark Gothoni, Stephan
Picard, Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Weber, Antje Weithaas or Laura Ruiz Ferreres.