"In my pursuit of mixing two conflicting elements - nature and technology, traditional and modern, plain and elegance, my love for the complete freedom of expression makes who I am."
Connoisseurs of modern music would know pianist Tomoko Yazawa as a contemporary music specialist. A pianist who is highly praised for her deep, insightful and precise performances and gorgeous tone. To quote the artist," I'm much more attracted to music that is being created than music of former times.”
She has been presenting the history of piano music from the point of view that all classical music was the avant-garde of its time.
Her many friendships with living composers has resulted in the creations of numerous works written especially for her.
Striving to introduce many new piano works, she has given the premier performances of pieces by Tristan Murail, Karen Tanaka, Hirokazu Hiraishi, Scot Johnson, William Duckworth, Tony Prabowo, Johann Johansson and many others.
Yazawa is a graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music . She also holds an advanced diploma from l’ Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
She makes every effort to work directly with the composers in her performances. She has studied under the tutelage of composers such as Stockhausen, Berio, George Benjamin,etc.. and others, as well as Yvonne Lorio, the wife of Messiaen. She has also studied contemporary music performance and music analysis under the tutelage of Claude Helffer and Kazuko Fujii, whom Yazawa considers a mentor. And,she studied chamber music with Ms. Daria Hovora.
She was a scholarship student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1990, in 1998 with the aid of a six-month fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and she was the youngest-ever recipient of the 16th Kenzo Nakajima Music Prize for extraordinary contributions to contemporary music in Japan.
Yazawa is the producer of the mixed media art project "Absolute-MIX" and the founder of Geisha Farm, a stylish, sexy, futuristic music label.