A native of Japan, Kimihiro Yasaka is an emerging artist. Mr. Yasaka was introduced as “young gifted pianist" in the press release of first recital at Galerie Colline, Edmundston, New-Brunswick, Canada. He began his piano studies at the age of twelve in Japan with Ms. Reiko Mizutani. He currently has finished a Master’s degree in Piano Solo Performance under the supervision of Professor Kyoko Hashimoto at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. During his study at McGill, He has received the Yamaha Canada scholarship, the Ellen Ballon Piano Scholarship, Schulich School of Music Award in Memory of Jeffrey Campbell, and Lubka Kolessa Award. His former coaches include Elizabeth Dolin, Douglas McNabney, Claude Richard, Vladimir Landsman, Alain Desgagné Sanford Sylvan, Alexis Hauser, and Denys Bouliane.
Mr. Yasaka has been invited to perform for great musicians such as Gilbert Kalish, Lang Lang, André Laplante, Robert Silverman, Alan Weiss, Andreas Haefliger, Alan Fraser, Frederic Chiu, Phillip Moll, Maxim Vengerov and Håkan Hardenberger. He participated in music festivals, such as Toronto Summer Academy, MusiMars and dontaku festival, 12th Henryk Weiniaski International competition, and Chosen Vale, New Hampshire.
Mr.Yasaka's répertoire include wide range of styles from Baroque to contemporary music. Especially, he is a devoted performer of new music and has done several world / Canada / Montreal premiers. Certainly, he has obtained great experiences to share thoughts with and to play for living composers, such as Hideki Kozakura, Katsuhiro Oguri, Reiko Yamada, Kota Nakamura, Rikuya Terashima, Chris Harman, Alexandra Fol, Andrew Stewart and Alexander Raskatov. His Unsuk Chin’s “Fantasie Mechanique” with Maestro Jean-Michaël Lavoie has been broadcasted on Radio Canada.
Mr. Yasaka is a recipient of Vivacité Montréal grant (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec ) in 2012 and 2013.