Yukako Morikawa - Piano


Yukako Morikawa was born in Tokyo in 1976 and began piano lessons already at the age of 4. From 1989 until 1992 she took lessons from Prof. Aksuko Jinzai. The following 3 years she took lessons with Kyoko Ohashi at the Toho Gauken Music High School. From 1995-96 Morikawa studied at the Toho Gauken Music Academy and in 1997 she began to study at the Berlin University of Arts under the supervision of Profs. Martin Hughes and Rainer Becker. In 1998 Yukako Morikawa was taught by Prof. Detlef Kraus in Hamburg. In 2000 she took part in the Weimar Masterclass by Prof. Bernard Ringeissen’s and performed, amongst others, with the Jena Philharmonic. In 2002 she visited the Hamamatsu Piano Academy, Japan, and took lessons with Profs. Hiroko Nakamura, John O’Connor, Sergio Perticaroli, Jacques Rouvier and Oxana Jablonskaja. After having finished her Masters degree in Berlin in 2003, Morikawa continued her studies in solo performance at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing


Arts under the supervision of Robert Benz.

Competition prizes and grants

1997: 1st prize in the International Piano Competition, Wittenberg, Germany.
1997: 2nd prize in the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, Rome, Italy.
2004: 2nd prize in the International Competition “Calabria”, Italy.
2005: 3rd prize in the International Competition “Epinal”, France.





Played as soloist in concerts with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Montbéliard Orchestra, France, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Rumania.

Music festivals

Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany.
Mecklen-Vorpommern Music Festival, Germany.

Radio and TV recordings

Recordings as soloist and in chamber groups with the Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR) and the Swiss radio station DRS2.