Yukiko Nishimura, Composer/Pianist, was born in Japan in 1967, where she currently lives, in Kyoto. She graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1990. She studied with Alfred Reed at the University of Miami and Richard Danielpour at the Manhattan School of Music. Among her honors are special mention at the 15th (and more recently, the 26th) International Competition for Original Composition for Band in Corciano, Italy for Bright Moon, the 6th Aoyama Award, and the second prize at the concerto competition at University of Miami as a pianist. Since 1996, she has given concerts consisting entirely of her own music in Japan. She gave a solo piano recital at New York Public Library, Donnell Library Center in 2003. In 2005 her newest commissioned work (for the first silent film in the United States, “Edison’s 1910 Frankenstein”) for string quartet was premiered at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania by Covington String Quartet of Washington D.C. In 2007, Nishimura’s newest commissioned work for the Japanese silent film, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi,Water Magician (1933) for cello and string bass was premiered at Kyoto Cinema in Kyoto.
In 2017, her Ten Etudes for Piano (Marks) was performed by pianist Sara Davis Buechner at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), and Ms. Buechner continues to tour the work. Her Carnegie performance received excellent reviews by the The New York Times, New York Concert Review, and more. Nishimura’s music was recently nominated in the category of Contemporary Classical/Instrumental for “Hollywood Music in Media Award”.
Ms. Nishimura has received numerous commissions and has composed solo piano and marimba music, chamber music, and music for band, strings, and full orchestra. She has also been active as an arranger. She also studied composition with Teruyuki Noda, Atsutada Otaka, Yuzuru Shimaoka, and Gianpaolo Bracali. She studied piano with Ivan Davis and Sara Davis Buechner.