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Hochstein Piano Faculty - Yoshiko Arahata

Instrument/Department: Piano

Joined Hochstein Faculty: 2019


A sensitive and versatile pianist in styles ranging from Baroque to contemporary, Dr. Yoshiko Arahata maintains a multifaceted musical career. Arahata holds degrees in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.M., D.M.A.) and Northwestern University (M.M.) under the tutelage of Barry Snyder, Alan Chow, Enrico Elisi, and Dariusz Terefenko. Her performances include solo and concertos in the US, Asia, and Europe; collaboration with renowned violinist Charles Castleman; Garth Newel Chamber Music Center; radio broadcasts; trio residency at Music Bus Tour with Elgin Trio; and “Music After 2000” recitals with percussionist Joshua Graham funded by Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Dedicated to paving new music paths, Arahata regularly performs works by living composers.

A frequent soloist and a collaborator, Arahata is also active as a composer and an improviser/jazz musician. She recently presented at the International Society for Improvised Music conference, and her upcoming composition for dance choreography will be performed at Rochester Fringe Festival.

Committed to education, Arahata has worked with a wide range of ages and levels. She has taught piano through the Eastman Community Music School for the past five years and in masterclasses at colleges and camps throughout the US. She also taught Eastman collegiate students and non-majors at Northwestern and the University of Rochester and has held vocal coaching and collaborative piano positions at SUNY Geneseo and Nazareth College. Moreover, she has been a faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and serves on the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy committee.