Yoko Sata Kothari, Award-Winning Classical Pianist
Making appearances on the stages from Tokyo, Japan, to Carnegie Hall, Yoko Sata Kothari has been enjoying her performing career. Born in Tokyo, she began her career by winning the Northern Japan Classical Piano Competition at the age of eight. She then went on to collect top prizes in Japan, such as in the Machida Piano Competition and the Japan Young Pianist Award. Since moving to the United States, she has continued to earn awards for her performances, including second place in the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Competition, the Kathleen McGowan Piano Scholarship Award, a prize for her outstanding Bartok performance in the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy, and was chosen as a finalist in the Simone Belsky International Piano Competition. In May 2017, she won first place in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York and, as a result, was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.
As an active solo performer, Ms. Kothari has inspired and captivated audiences on three continents, which include televised broadcasts in China and a series of performances in Italy. Her achievement has been recognized in the artistic community and has earned excellent reviews; Gyorgy Sandor, the world renowned Hungarian pianist, gave a high note on her performance and described it as “Excellent”, and rewarding her first place in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Cosmo Buono, chairman, stated, “Ms. Kothari’s performance reflects the depth of interpretation, musicality, and technical expertise needed to distinguish herself in the world of professional performance.”
Ms. Kothari’s personal approach to her performances with uniquely titled programs has become known and been mentioned by the media; The Palm Beach Post noted, “Yoko Sata Kothari’s programs look ambitious and interesting.”, and Readable Noise, the online concert review, wrote, “It is without a doubt that Yoko Sata Kothari is one of musical magicians, demonstrating a regality in her playing, as well as wanting to further education in her program, showing not just the mastery of the art, but the depth of storytelling in them.”
Ms. Kothari has released four CD recordings: “Piano Works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt”, “Ravel & Balakirev: French Impressionism and Russian Romanticism”, “Fantasies – J.S. Bach & Chopin” and “Dances from France & Russia”. All Music Guide wrote, “One aspect of Kothari’s playing that is appealing is her power; she has a strong, masculine approach that is refreshing in a piano market where delicacy and holding back is considered king. However, when sensitivity is called for, Kothari can deliver it without descending into bathos.” Her latest CD received a rave review by American Record Guide: “Ms. Kothari is both a sensitive and strong pianist…her performance of Lyapunov’s ‘Lesghinka’ is almost note-perfect and effective.”
As an active chamber performer aside from her solo career, Ms. Kothari has performed with the Boca String Quartet, as well as the Lotus Duo (a piano-violin duo), and currently is a member of the Trillium Piano Trio (piano, violin, and cello). Ms. Kothari holds a performing arts degree from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. Her teachers include Takako Maeda, Miwako Tsukada, as well as Dr. Roberta Rust and Phillip Evans at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Yoko Appeared at Carnegie Hall on May 21st, 2017
On May 1st, it was announced that Yoko had been chosen as a First Prize Winner of the 2017 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, and was invited to perform at the Winners’ Recitals held Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.