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Music has been making a big influence on our lives in many different scenes when we are happy, angry, sad and joyful.
Music is our common language globally.
I believe that we can share the “Beauty of Music” with all the people in the world beyond boundaries.
I am very interested in making collaborations with many people in various genres, and I am enthusiastic very much to expand my musical career further.
No Life, No Music!

I’m glad this opportunity to extend my appreciation to all.
Please feel free to contact me through the Web Site.
YOKO ARA


Born in Tokyo, Japan.

After graduating from Toho Gakuen High School of Music and entering Toho Gakuen University, transferred to Illinois State University, Department of Music on full scholarship in 1986. While there, joined Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

In 1989 transferred to Rutgers University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1990.
Won third prize in Graham Stahl Music Competition.
Entered The Julliard School of Music in 1990 and was the principal cellist for The Julliard Orchestra.
In 1992 graduated from The Julliard School with a Master of Music Degree. Same year, held a recital at Lincoln Center.

After coming back to Japan, started giving recitals at various music halls throughout Japan.
Received “The Music Festival Award” at Tateshina Heights.

In 2002, had a decennial recital titled “New York Memories” at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan with favorite comments in respective fields.
In November 2003, I was appointed as a cellist of Banquet Music at The Commemoration Lecture by Bill Clinton; the 42nd President of the U.S. in Fukuoka.

In October 2004 performed at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in New York titled “Ginza Classics in New York”.
In November 2006, gave a recital at St. John’s, Smith Square in London.

Now, renowned cellist in Japan, performing as a regular member of the “Miyazaki International Music Festival” and “Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival”. She also appears frequently as a guest principal cellist for the major Orchestras in Japan and also plays at “Mito Chamber Orchestra. Member of a unit “Duo Champagne” with the harpist, Mieko Inoue. Also, a member of Arioso Piano Trio.

Released her first original CD album titled “THE CINEMA OF REMINISCENCE-PLEIN SOLEIL” in 2003, and “Fantasiestucke” in 2010, and “SMILE” in 2018. All are well accepted and increasing the fans.

Cello teachers were Mr. Juro Aoki, Mr. Ko Iwasaki, Mr. B. Greenhouse, and Mr. H. Shapiro, and also chamber music by Ms. Shuku Iwasaki, Mr. J. Feldman, and The Julliard Quartet.

Currently, a professor and the head of the String Department at Senzoku Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo, Japan).

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