Japanese pianist Joko Nishii performed this Friday  in the National City Library of Dubrovnik. The concert is organized by Dubrovnik Libraries and the entrance is free.

The concert covered the compositions of Kozabura Hiraia, Kosakua Yamada, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schuman, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, as well as compositions by our composers Dora Pejačević and Božidar Kunc.
Yoko Nishii was born in Ise, Japan. She began to play the piano at the age of 4. After graduating from ‘Keio University’ in Tokyo for studies of French literature in 1998, she entered Music Academy “Ino Mirkovic” situated in Lovran, Croatia with full scholarship for 2 years.

She finished the academic program in only 2 years of studies (normally it lasts 4 years) and graduated with excellent grades under prof. Evgeny Zarafiants in September 2000. From the academic year 2000/01, she entered the postgraduate piano study in the class of prof.E. Zarafiants and also worked as assistant of obligatory piano. In July 2001, she got ‘Master of Music Art’ degree. Also she often worked as accompanist in ‘Flute Master Class’ held in the same academy by prof. Pierre-Yves Artaud from Paris. From 2001 to 2003, she worked as assistant in the piano class of prof. E.Zarafiants in the same academy. From 2005 to 2007 she did advanced study at Zagreb Music Academy as the fellowship under the Japanese Government Overseas Program for Artists.

Until now she studied with prof. Mitsuko Tomio, prof.Naofumi Kaneshige, prof.Kyoko Ogawa, prof.Hitoshi Kobayashi and prof.Evgeny Zaraiants. Currently, she is a part-time lecturer at Aichi University of the Arts in Japan. She is a winner and finalist at numerous international competitions. Find more about this amazing artist here.

Photo by: Vedran Levi

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