Innovative musicality. Mesmerizing tone.
Japanese born Flutist, Pianist, Composer YUKARI is an emerging artist based in New York City.
Her versatile Flute performing and recording career range from Jazz, modern Improvisation, World music, Chamber and Orchestral music. Performance credits include engagements at top-notch NYC venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzie’s Club and Carnegie Hall. Recent projects and collaborations have been with drummers Greg Hutchenson and Clarence Penn, Tyshawn Sorey, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, Thomas Morgan and pianist Jason Linder. She is a recipient of numerous grants and awards as a flutist including Jazz Flute master class competition by NFA, outstanding music awards from Berklee College of Music. She is active as a composer and an educator, has giving jazz flute master classes and workshops about improvisation in New York and Tokyo. YUKARI also has been featured in numerous prints and television commercials and the radio programs.
YUKARI began studying classical music on piano and flute at the age of five in Japan. At age eleven she began her pursuing her career as a young concert pianist in Japan. She has performed piano sonatas by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff at Steinway hall in Tokyo as well as other successful concerts in the Tokyo metro area.
Her life interests led her to Tokyo University for Foreign Studies where she received B.A. in Sociology and International relations. Upon graduation, YUKARI embarked on a novel approach to re-immerse herself in world music. She traveled through over 20 countries, including India, Bali, Europe and Turkey to gain playing experience with local musicians and their music. During her visit in Puerto Rico she performed with Fania All Stars.