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
under the supervision of Robert Benz.
prizes and grants
1997: 1st prize in the International Piano Competition,
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.
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany.
Mecklen-Vorpommern Music Festival, Germany.
and TV recordings
Recordings as soloist and in chamber groups with the Norddeutsche Rundfunk
(NDR) and the Swiss radio station DRS2.