Listen and learn


In the 38th of a series of articles, David Bird from the Redbridge Music Society introduces local pianist Yuki Negishi, who will be performing at Wanstead Library this month

Two of Redbridge Music Society’s main aims are to bring high-quality, live chamber recitals to the borough and to celebrate local musicians. Both aims will be realised on 16 April when local and international pianist Yuki Negishi will perform music by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and others. She will also give the world premiere performance of Christopher Norton’s Bulgarian Sketches for Piano.

Tokyo-born Yuki started piano at the age of five and at age 10 was accepted to the Julliard School of Music Pre-College Division for exceptionally talented young musicians as an honorary scholarship student. She has won many prizes – at the age of 16, she was the youngest prizewinner at the Takahiro Sonoda Piano Competition, also receiving second prize at the 2000 International Jeunesses Musicales Competition (Bucharest). Since entering the UK in 2001, she has won many coveted prizes at the Royal College of Music and elsewhere.

Yuki has worked with many eminent pianists (including Takahiro Sonoda, Peter Katin and Murray Perahia) at prestigious institutions such as the Toho Gakuen School, the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, where she obtained an MMus degree (distinction) and Artist Diploma in 2006.

Yuki has given many concerts (over 600 in the UK alone) and regularly performs about 30 concerts per year. She has played at many major venues across the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA, and as a chamber musician has collaborated with members of distinguished orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and the Royal Concertgebouw. She has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Scala Radio, ITV, Channel 4 and on continental television and radio stations.

She released her debut CD Enigma in 2022, which was highly acclaimed in leading international music magazines. A second CD, with violinist Yukiko Ishibashi, of hitherto unrecorded works by Japanese composer Koichi Kishi has also been issued, as has a DVD from Sound Techniques in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green. 

Yuki is also an established adjudicator and has frequently served as a jury member for the Sussex International Piano Competition alongside distinguished pianists such as Artur Pizarro and Idil Biret.

Please come along to hear Yuki and to support this particularly significant event in Redbridge Music Society’s 75th anniversary Year.