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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
Email: kreikano@hotmail.com
Website: www.reikano.yamadaryu.com 木村伶香能URL; duoyumeno.com 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 based in New York and Japan. Following her studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the NHK School of Traditional Japanese Music, she studied at Institute of Traditional Japanese Music, an affiliate of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan, where she currently holds a teaching position. Yoko was awarded a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan. Her teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata and Senko Yamabiko, a Living National Treasure. In 2000 she received her stage name “Reikano” from Hiroko Nakanoshima VI, daughter of the legendary koto and shamisen performer/ composer Kin’ichi Nakanoshima. Awards include the First prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition, the First prize at the 4th Great Wall International Music Competition and the Osaka Chinese Counsel Award. Yoko performed at the Kabuki-za in Tokyo, accompanying Danjuro Ichikawa XII and recorded classical shamisen works for the online music archive, Traditional Music Digital Library. Her performances have been broadcasted on NHK-FM, NPR’s Performance Today and WQXR.

As an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary music, Yoko has premiered new works at the Japan Society for Contemporary Music and in 2009, founded Duo YUMENO with cellist Hikaru Tamaki. In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant, and in 2015, received the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award. The duo was featured at Chamber Music America’s 2016 National Conference and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in 2017. Currently, the duo is working on a commissioning project, suite of pieces based on The Tale of Heike, with Daron Hagen. As a koto soloist, Yoko has performed Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji with the Euclid Quartet, Ciompi Quartet, Freimann Quartet and the Prairie Ensemble Orchestra. Yoko premiered Kaito Nakahori’s Japanese Footbridge with Hai-Dao Ensemble at Jordan Hall in Boston, and performed James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Concertante with Texas Festival Orchestra. As a shamisen soloist, she performed Kin’ichi Nakanoshima’s Shamisen Concerto at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center and was a guest performer with ensemble Aperio at Asia Society Texas Center. In 2016, she performed with American Symphony Orchestra in Pietro Mascagni's Iris. In 2017, Yoko commissioned and gave a world premiere performance of Marty Regan’s Shamisen Concerto. She has worked with Heiner Goebbels, the Wien Solisten Trio, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, along with many other artists. Yoko has toured and performed in Poland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Korea, China, Israel, Qatar, Italy, Turkey, England and multiple countries in South America.

For more information, please visit Yoko’s website, reikano.yamadaryu.com