Yumiko MEGURI(Pianist)


After completing her studies at Toho Gakuen Music High School and receiving a bachelor's degree (piano major) from Toho Gakuen College of Music, Yumiko furthered her studies (Artist Diploma) with Prof. György Sebök at Indiana University (United States). Upon returning to Japan, she has been active in music scene. Many recitals of hers were selected as "Best 10 concerts of the year" by "Ongaku no Tomo" (highly acclaimed music magazine in Japan). She performed as soloist with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, All Japan Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. Her deep understanding towards the music brings overwhelming expression's strength, and the sense of rhythm with overflowing liveliness which she continuously giving inspirations to artistes from various genres. 

Yumiko has recorded and released albums ranging from classical (Bach, Hadyn, etc) to music of Bartók, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, Crumb, and other modern and contemporary music. Including also music with Jazz arrangement, she has released about 20 albums. Most of her albums were named "Best Album" by "The Record Geijutsu" (a long running classical music recording magazine in Japan). In addition, the album "Bartók : Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion" is being released throughout United States. Furthermore, Yumiko works closely with composers, such as Keiko Harada, Atsuhiko Gondai, Hiroaki Takaha, Bruce Stark, Andras Hamary, Hope Lee, and more, to perform (including world premieres) newly composed music.

In the summer of 2014, the portrait album of Keiko Harada (composer) has been released under WERGO (Germany) and King International (Japan), in which Yumiko collaborated with accordionist, Stefan Hussong. This album received many positive reviews in both countries, and was nominated for "Recording Academy Awards (Japan)". 

Besides that, Yumiko is also active as a writer for magazine and editor for music scores."Megurin's Happy Tune" was being published at "Bravo" magazine for more than 100 times and received many positive responds. 

Since 2007,  she started to produce a music festival called "New Ears", that runs twice a year at “Salon Tessera” in Tokyo. The festival is gaining more attentions due to its uniqueness in programming and was being introduced largely in the "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik" (Germany, music magazine). In recent years, Yumiko has been invited to perform in various contemporary music festivals held in Germany, Canada, Italy, and so on. Her exchanges with international composers is also widening. 

In 2015, Yumiko also received great reviews for the world premiere of Keiko HARADA's "Piano Concerto" at Suntory Hall during the portrait concert of the composer. 

A second album with WERGO is also being confirmed in 2016.
Currently, Yumiko is teaching as a professor at Toho Gakuen College Music Department.

Official Website : http://www.yumikomeguri.com
Tessera "New Ears" Festival Website : http://atarashii-mimi.jp/