Yukimi Song is a pianist and educator based in NYC. She has performed solo and chamber concerts at local venues such as Tenri Institute, Riverside Church, Frederick Loewe Theatre, and le poisson rouge.
Yukimi has toured Japan annually since 2014, presenting solo and duo concerts with her best friend from high school, Natsuki Arakawa, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra violinist. The repertoire during the tours includes pieces by Albeniz, Franck, Piazzolla, Scarlatti, and Gershwin.
Past projects include a concert-themed “Mating Calls…Liebeslieder/Craigslistlieder” with a vocal quartet and narrator performed at Riverside Church. The project explored and contrasted the definitions of love between the 19th century and the modern day through the performance of two song cycles: Liebeslieder Waltz by Brahms and Craigslistlieder by Gabriel Kahane.
Upcoming projects include a solo recital of all Nocturnes by composers such as Clara Schumann, Chopin, Barber, and Liebermann, plus a piano transcription of Radiohead’s Exit Music arranged by Christopher O’Riley to complete the program.
Yukimi is an award-winning veteran piano instructor of 25-plus years. Her studio reflects her intuitive, holistic, broad-ranging approach to the arts. She works with students of all ages and specializes in working with teenagers and adults who seek a lifelong love of music. Her students’ successes include winning first prizes in international piano competitions and performing at the concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Others have been accepted into the undergraduate music programs at NYU and Eastman School of Music. In addition, some of her high-school students have written and produced original songs using Logic Pro and published them on music streaming services.
Recently, Yukimi added Podcaster to her resumé. She launched a podcast show in August 2020, The Piano Pod, with her colleague, Clara Zhang, to create a larger community through conversations on-air to examine the traditions of the piano, adapt them, and expand its capabilities in this modern era.