Yūko Shiokawa was born i Tokyo. In 1958 she moved with her parents to Lima where, in addition to her studies with Eugen Cremer, she began to give concerts and build the foundation of her professional career. In 1961 she completed advanced studies with Professor Wilhelm Stross in Munich, and in 1968 began studying with Professor Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. At the age of 19 she won the Mendelssohn Prize and first prize from the Competition of German Music Conservatories.
Her orchestral engagements have included concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin, Salzburg and Japan (with Karajan), Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra under Rafael Kubelik including performances of Jan Kubelik’s Violin Concerto No. 6, a work which she has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. In America she has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Miss Shiokawa’s recordings include the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas, and the Mozart Violin Sonatas with Keiko Toyama (both for Camerata Japan). She has made several discs of Mozart repertoire using Mozart’s original violin: a selection of Violin Sonatas with András Schiff; the Piano Quartets with Schiff, Erich Hobarth and Miklós Perényi (both Decca) and Piano Trios with Schiff and Perenyi (Warner/Teldec). She also appears on Schiff’s Mondsee recordings performing the Bartok Violin Sonata No 1 and the Janacek Violin Sonata (Decca), and, together with Schiff and Perenyi, she has recorded the Schubert Piano Trios (Warner/Teldec).
What is your background for your interest in music?
– My parents were classical music lovers but did not play instruments. I listened to records my father played , like the 9th Symphony of Beethoven, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto etc before I started to take violin lessons at the age of five.
You have had a long and successful career. Some words about how you work today?
– I accompany my husband a lot on his tours and play in our orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca. There is also a lot of chamber music with my husband and colleagues, but at home I am a normal house wife!
And now, peaceful Lofoten?
– My husband was so fascinated of Lofoten in 2013, and when he was invited back, he told me I should join him. Seeing his very many pictures from the region, it was not difficult to convince me!