Japanese pianist Misa Yamamoto is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she is widely sought after as a performer and teacher. 2017 will see her perform in Japan and the UK, as well as various cities throughout Malaysia. While performing extensively as a solo recitalist, Misa also enjoys collaborative work and is a co-founding member of the Malaysian Piano Quartet, an ensemble specialising in 2 pianos 8 hands music established in 2016.
Growing up on the beautiful Gold Coast in Australia, having migrated there with her family aged nine, Misa holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where she studied under Leah Horwitz. Misa was awarded both the Conservatorium and University Medals as the highest achieving graduate in her year. From 2003-2005, Misa furthered her studies as a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, where she received extensive performance training in solo and chamber music under distinguished pianists and pedagogues including Frank Wibaut, Max Olding, Piers Lane, John Perry, Igor Machlak and the late legendary Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer.
Being a passionate chamber musician, Misa has collaborated with numerous artists, including Lana Trotovsek, Mats Lidström, Alexander Baillie, John Harding, Caroline Henbest and the Henschel Quartet. Misa has also appeared in numerous chamber music concerts in Malaysia and Australia, appearing in various performances at the Bentley Music Academy (Malaysia), No Black Tie, (Malaysia), Space.Toccata (Malaysia), the BMW Edge (Melbourne, Australia), the 2005 Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), the Bangalow Festival (Australia), Urrbrae House (Australia), the Musica Viva Menage series (Australia), ABC Sunday Live and the Firm (Adelaide).
While continuing to travel extensively to perform both locally and abroad, Misa is a passionate educator and maintains a busy schedule dedicating much of her time to teaching young children. Misa has served on the panel of judges for the Macau Piano Competition, the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF) Festival and the Kota Kinabalu Music Festival. Misa also teaches the violin, having played it since a young age and, more recently, having studied violin pedagogy under Australian violinist Graeme Norris. Misa is an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited (ANZCA) music examinations, and is currently the only ANZCA examiner to be based in South-East Asia.