Yoko Johannsen

began her piano studies at the age of three in Tokyo. There, she later studied at the “TOHO-Gakuen High-School of Music” and the “TOHO-Gakuen College of Music”.
From 1999 on, she studied solo piano with
Prof. Gabriele Kupfernagel as well as chamber music with Prof. Walter Olbertz at the “Hochschule fuer Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin”. In 2002 she graduated with the highest distinction.
She participated in numerous master classes in England, France, Switzerland and Germany.
In 2002 she won third prize at the 9th Anemos International Vocal and Instrumental Competition in Rome and a “Janacek Special Mention” at the 11th Ibla Grand Prize in Sicily.
Currently she is involved in the guidance of juniors while giving recitals in Japan and Europe. Furthermore, she is busy with a wide range of activities such as a jury member at Piano Competitions, being invited to play at the German embassy, performing together with an orchestra, chamber music, accompaniment, appearing on FM radio, producing CDs etc. In 2006 she studied at the Grieg Academy in Bergen with Prof. Einar Roettingen as a Norwegian government scholar.