B.Mus.Perf.(Honours), L.Mus.A.(Piano), A.Mus.A.(Piano), ATCL(Violin)
Japanese pianist Misa Yamamoto currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she is widely sought after as a performer and teacher. Misa travels internationally for recitals and collaborative performances and has performed throughout Malaysia, Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2018 appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia.
Misa received early music education in Japan, giving her first public performance at the age of 4, and later in Australia, where she spent the majority of her childhood. Misa holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where she studied under Leah Horwitz, graduating with the University Medal and the Conservatorium Medal as the top graduate in her year. Misa went on to further her studies as a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne from 2003-2005, where she received extensive performance training in solo and chamber music under distinguished pianists including Frank Wibaut, Max Olding, Piers Lane, John Perry, Igor Machlak and the late legendary Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer.
Misa's love of chamber music has led her to collaborate with numerous artists, including Lana Trotovsek, Mats Lidström, Alexander Baillie, John Harding, Caroline Henbest and the Henschel Quartet. With extensive experience as an associate artist, Misa was the winner of the Hilda Woolmer Prize for Piano Accompaniment and was also a member of the Banksia Trio, winners of the Primus Telecom Audience Prize in the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition. In Malaysia, Misa has collaborated with the NSO Wind Ensemble numerous times and performs regularly with tenor Tan Chee Shen. While receiving specialised performance training on the piano, Misa maintained her violin studies under the tutelage of Victoria Lakatos and Graeme Norris.
As an educator, Misa loves working with children and her extensive training in pedagogy on both the piano and violin keeps her in high demand as a teacher specialising in young students. Misa holds a Foundation Award in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Dalcroze Australia and is also an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited (ANZCA) music examinations.
While keeping herself busy with her performing and teaching commitments, Misa also composes and arranges music and is an enthusiastic contributor to the online community where she shares performances, practice tips, teaching insights and livestreams.