OPC welcomes Yuki Negishi to the panel of guest judges

 Yuki Negishi is increasingly in demand as an artist of rare poetry, intensity and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a magnetic personality.

Yuki has already performed in over 200 concerts in the UK (including the Leeds International Concert Series, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre, etc) where she has resided since 2001, and she regularly performs about 30 concerts a year in countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Japan and the USA. Alongside her busy performing career, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Trinity College of Music in London under the supervisions of Douglas Finch and Dr Sophie Fuller.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki Negishi started playing the piano at the age of 5 in New York City. At the age of 10, she was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division as an honorary scholarship student in the class of the late Richard Fabre, who was a pupil of the celebrated Rosina Lhevinne. After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music with honours and at the Amsterdam Conservatory, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance and Masters in Music Degree, both with distinction, and the Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Mikako Abe, Jan Marisse Huizing, and Ruth Nye MBE. Yuki has also worked with such eminent figures as the late Takahiro Sonoda, Christian Zacharias, the late Irina Zaritskaya, Dominique Merlet, Dr Peter Katin and Murray Perahia. She has won over 10 coveted prizes internationally.

Yuki has released a solo CD, and a DVD in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green from Sound Techniques has also been released. She also served as one of the jury members for the 2010 1st Sussex International Piano Competition in association with Worthing Symphony Orchestra (principal conductor: John Gibbons) and Bluthner Piano Centre alongside such distinguished pianists as Artur Pizarro, Vanessa Latarche, Ian Fountain, Dina Parakhina, Julian Jacobson and George-Emmanuel Lazaridis. Yuki is generously supported by the London Blüthner Piano Centre.

Talking of her forthcoming role as a judge of the OPC's final round in October 2012 Yuki states "I am honoured and delighted to be asked to participate in the judging of the new Open Piano Competition, which looks very interesting indeed."