Yumi Kurosawa - 13 & 20-strings Koto player, Composer, Improviser, Computer Sound
An award-winning Koto star from a young age, Yumi Kurosawa is one of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument. Born and raised in Japan, Yumi Kurosawa started study of the Koto when she was three. She received first prize
at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. Kurosawa has been based in New York since 2002. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. In 2011 she was principal soloist in the premiere of Daron Hagen's Koto concerto Genji with Orchestra of the Swan, UK. The concerto went on to be performed with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Kurosawa was principal soloist for the premier of The Memory Stone at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2015 she premiered the Ballet: Tsuru for which she was commissioned by Houston Ballet and Asia Society Texas both as a soloist and composer. That same year Kurosawa collaborated with Beyonce dancers Les Twins for a performance at the world heritage site Kiyomizu-dera and was a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall’s opening gala. Kurosawa was guest artist for Japanese Connection at Kennedy Center, and Yumi Kurosawa Concert at National Gallery of Art Concert series. She was awarded music residency at Pioneer Works in 2019 and is invited to the 30th anniversary of Australia Chamber Music Festival in 2020. Kurosawa has been lauded by The NY Times and Washington Post.