Misaki Yamada

Misaki Yamada

Misaki Yamada was born in Japan, 1986. She started to play the piano with her father's support when she was 3 years old. Misaki studied piano with several teachers while she was a junior high school and high school student, and she got the first prize at the competition of the High School Culture Federation in Kanagawa prefecture in January 2005.

In the same year, she moved to the Netherlands to study music under

Willem Brons at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and studied with him for 6 years.

Her talent lies not only in music, but also in the visual arts. In february 2008, she performed her first Manga concert tour in the United States with Blake Weston and Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir as a piano trio. This performance consisted of a slide show of her Manga drawings complemented by the trio's simultaneous live piano music. This performance had as its aims both music education of the general public and widening the audience for classical music, especially for kids and people who haven't had a chance to become familiar with it, offering an easy-to-understand presentation.

After Misaki was accepted to a Master's degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, she gave a summer concert tour in Niigata, Japan. Additionally, she was invited to play with Blake and Saeko Oguma as a piano trio for the 125 year anniversary ceremony of the Conservatorium in September 2009.

In 2010, Frédéric Chopin's 200 year anniversary, Misaki made her second Manga slide show, this time about his life and gave its debut performance at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It was a huge success, with more than 200 people in the audience.

Misaki has also performed concerts at several retirement homes in the Netherlands, both during her studies and after her graduation from the Conservatorium in 2011, at times playing solo and at times in collaboration with Cheng Yu Wu, Blake Weston, Mor Levin, Robert-Jan Looysen and Björk Níelsdóttir.

She has benefited from the instruction of Yoko Suzuki,

Louis Leerink, Alexander Jenner and Willem Brons.