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Yuka Imamine (Piano)
Yuka Imamine was born in Kobe / Japan.
From 1988 to 1992 she was studying western history and moved to Germany in 1992 in order to study piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Hochschule für Musik und Theater) in Munich, first under Prof. Klaus Schilde followed by Prof. Margarita Höhenrieder and Prof. Michael Schäfer. In 1995 she was nominated for a DAAD-scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). After her graduation in 1996 with her Concert Diploma, she took up further studies under Prof. Sergio Perticaroli at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome.
Being highly succesful in various inernational competitions, Yuka Imamine won the first prize at the International Schubert Competition 1993 in Dortmund, was prize-winner at the E.Porrini Piano Competition in Cagliari and Premio Jaen, won first prize in 1996 at the A. Casagrande Competition in Terni and the third prize at the Conours Geza Anda in 1997 in Zürich.
Yuka Imamine has played with international top orchestras such as the Münchner Symphoniker and the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra. Many recitals in Europe and Asia e.g. in Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria and Japan have proved Yuka Imamine's stylistic authenticity in wide repertoire and have filled her audience with enthusiasm by her brillant technique and her inspring play. Imamine has been regularly solist at various festivals such as at the "Festival dei Due Mondi" in Spoleto or the "Stresa International Festival".
With Lorin Maazel she collaborated in the field of chamber music.
Many of Yuka Imamine's concerts and recordings have been broadcast on the radio and TV e.g. by the Swiss Radio DRS, the Luxembourg Radio and the German Radio SDR. Her recording of works by Schubert and Ravel on CD ranks as an outstanding contribution to the world of piano music.
In May 2002 Yuka Imamine was appointed to a professorship for piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Hochschule für Musik und Theater) in Munich.
Prof. Yuka Imamine gives piano master classes in Italy and Japan as well.
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