Born in Los Angeles, pianist Yoshiko Arahata has distinguished herself as a pianist of diverse skills and styles in the USA, Japan, and Hong Kong, and she has also performed in France and Spain. Ms. Arahata has won top prizes in national and international competitions, including the International Young Artists Peninsula Competition, International Los Angeles Liszt Competition, and has performed concertos as a grand prize winner. As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Arahata has performed repertoires from a wide range of genres and instrumentation, covering duos with all strings, woodwinds, brass, as well as marimba and voice, including a Sonata performance with the renowned violinist Charles Castleman. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Arahata has rigorous chamber music experiences including radio broadcasts through national chamber music series, and most recently a tour of performance and outreach workshops as a winner of Ensemble-in-Residence at Music Bus Tour with Elgin Trio. She currently works as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. An advocate of contemporary music and jazz, she has also premiered and performed compositions by living composers as well as her own in Women in Music Festival and numerous recitals both as a soloist and a pianist of contemporary music ensemble as well as jazz ensemble. A devoted educator, she has been undergoing teaching internship and training, and has taught and spoke as a guest artist in piano master class and summer music camp workshops. In 2009, she has served as a judge member of youth music competition, appeared as a soloist of the gala concert and guest speaker at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and received a Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of the City of Los Angeles.
Ms. Arahata received Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutorage of Barry Snyder while completing Bachelor of Sciences in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in just four years. Upon completion of undergraduate degrees, her enthusiasm to be a positive influence in her community intrigued her to explore influences of individual psyche and social health to each other, and she received a full fund to study her research as a Take Fiver Scholar. Ms. Arahata strives to be a pianist of continual artistic growth and a musician who enriches the souls of people who hear her performance. Ms. Arahata is currently studying with Alan Chow at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where she received full scholarship to pursue Masters of Music in Piano Performance and was a winner of the 2012 Pauline Lindsay Solo Piano Award.