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Yoko Reikano Kimura 木村伶香能

Instrument/Discipline: Koto, Shamisen, Voice  箏・三味線・唄
School (流): Yamada-ryū 山田流, Kato style shamisen 河東節三味線
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Nakanoshima-kai, Yamada-ryu Sokyoku Association, Japan Sankyoku Association 中能島会・山田流筝曲協会・日本三曲協会
Professional Name (芸名): Yoko Reikano Kimura 木村伶香能; Reiko Yamabiko 山彦伶子

Home Address: Queens, NY 
Home Phone: 718-673-1118

Employment: The Institute of Traditional Japanese Music, and affiliate of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Japan/ 洗足学園音楽大学・現代邦楽研究所
Website: 木村伶香能URL; Duo YUMENO夢乃URL

Do you teach? Yes: Koto, Shamisen, Voice

Do you perform? Yes: Koto, Shamisen, Voice

Additional information:

Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto/shamisen performer and singer, has concertized around the world. Her koto performance was touted as "exquisite and compelling" by Kyoto Aoyama Music Award jury. The New York Times described her shamisen playing and singing as "superb." Kimura graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, where she was awarded the top prize for her graduation recital. She also studied at the NHK School for Young Professionals and the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music. Her teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata, and a Living National Treasure, Senko Yamabiko. She has appeared in a a wide variety of venues in Japan including the National Theater, National Noh Theater, Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Suntory Hall, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, and Tokyo National Museum. Currently she is a faculty member of the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music in Japan.

Awards include First Prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition as the first Yamada style koto player, and at the 4th Great Wall International Music Competition. She received a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan and won the Japanese music audition for NHK-FM radio. Yoko is a founder of Duo YUMENO with cellist Hikaru Tamaki, commissioning new music and expanding the repertoire. The Duo received the Chamber Music America Commissioning Award in 2014, and the Kyoto Aoyama Barock Saal Award in 2015.    

As a soloist, she has performed Kin-ichi Nakanoshima's Shamisen Concerto at the National Olympic Memorial Center in 2004. In 2013 Yoko performed Daron Hagen's Koto Concerto: Genji with the Euclid Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, Freimann Quartet and the Prairie Ensemble Orchesterda, conductor Kevin Kelly. In 2014, Yoko premiered Kaito Nakahori's Japanese Footbridge for koto and chamber ensemble at Jordan Hall, Boston, and in the following year, performed James Nyoraku Schlefer's Concertante at the Round Top Music Festival. As a collaborator, Yoko has worked with Heiner Goebbels, the Wien Solisten Trio (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members), Kyo-Shin-An Arts, Kenny Endo, and others. Yoko has toured Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy, Turkey, multiple countries in South America, and UK.                                      

For more information please visit her website.