Yuzuko Horigome

Yuzuko Horigome


Born in Tokyo, Yuzuko Horigome began studying piano at the age of 4 and violin at the age of 5. She started with Ryosaku Kubota but her training will be finalized at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory with Toshiya Eto.

First Prize

In 1980 she won the First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. As a concert performer, she played under the baton of Claudio Abbado, André Prévin, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa, Ivan Fischer, Simon Rattle, Sandor Vegh, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt and many others.
She has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orkest, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Philharmony, the Pittsburgh and Chicago Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Wiener symphoniker, the Scala di Milano, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Birmingham Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Camerata Academica Mozarteum Salzburg, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields etc.
Regularly invited to participate in many internationally renowned festivals such as Marlboro (which has toured the United States and Japan), Lockenhaus, Tanglewood and Musicfest La Jolla, her penchant for chamber music makes her share with exceptional artists sonatas, trios, quartets, quintets and sextets. Among these artists are among others, Martha Argerich, Nobuko Imai, Mischa Maisky, Jean-marc Luisada, Abdel Rahman El-Bacha, Gidon Kremer and Janos Starker.Charls Neidich
In 2004 and 2005, she performed several times in concerts with Martha Argerich at Suntory Hall in Tokyo before embarking on a tour of Argentina and Italy. In 2008, the Flanders and Lugano festivals invited this same duo.

Between 2003 and 2006

She performed in Japan with Momo Kodama to interpret and record the complete Mozart sonatas. In parallel with Jean-Marc Luisada, the 2005-2006 season will be broadcast in Japan by NHK.
In 2008, in association with clarinetist Charles Neidich, among others, she recorded the quartet for the end of time on a DVD produced by NHK.
From 2008 to 2010 she joined Abdel Rahman El Bacha to produce a complete set of Beethoven sonatas that they produce in Japan and Europe.
With Nobuko Imai, Thomas Zehetmair and after Pamela Franck, Antonio Meneses she created the Casals Hall Quartet, a quartet residing at Casals Hall in Tokyo. Acclaimed by the press, this quartet has toured Japan six times since 1990.


Her recordings on the Sony Music Japan International label include Bach concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton, Bach sonatas for solo violin, the complete Mozart violin concertos with the Camerata Academica Mozarteum of Salzburg conducted by Sandor Vegh and the violin concertos of Sibelius and Mendelssohn with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer. And, with the late Rudolf Serkin and Peter Wiley she recorded a Beethoven piano trio. Similarly, the pieces of a recital played with Wolfgang Manz featuring Vitali, Veracini, Leclair, Paganini, Ravel, Debussy, Granados, Falla, Tchaikovsky and Sarasate are engraved.
Yuzuko Horigome is particularly known for her interpretation of Toru Takemitsu’s works. Several works by this composer have been recorded under the Denon label.
Under the TRING label are recorded the Bruch concerto and Scottisch Fantasy with the London Royal Philharmonic. In spring 2008, the three concertos by Lalo with the Nice Philharmonic conducted by Marco Guidarini were recorded for Talent Record Belgium.