Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Summer FREE Concert @ NEC 2023
at New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts

Aug 10 to 26, 2023
All concerts Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door
Age 6 and under not admitted



Monday, August 21, 2023, 7:30 pm
NEC's Williams Hall

Yukiko Sekino, piano


Claude Debussy
(1862 – 1918)
Images, Book II, L. 111
Cloches à travers les feuilles
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
Poissons d’or

Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915)
24 Preludes, Op. 11
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 8 in F# minor
No. 11 in B major
No. 12 in G# minor
No. 13 in G-flat major
No. 14 in E-flat minor

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Sonata in C, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
Allegro con brio
Introduzione: Adagio molto –
Rondo: Allegretto moderato


Maurice Ravel
(1875 – 1937)
Oiseaux tristes
Une barque sur l'océan
Alborada del gracioso
La vallée des cloches


To Yukiko Sekino’s powerful and beautiful performance, Sibylee Barrasso of the The Boston Musical Intelligencer has this to say, quote: "Yukiko Sekino, the Gold Medalist of the 2006 Russian Music Piano Competition and a soloist numbers appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, among her countless noteworthy achievements. Beyond creating music, one senses that she communicates with the piano, discovering the notes, nuances and colors as she played, listening to the instrument with intense concentration."

Admission Free, suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln, Massachusetts


event photos: Xiaopei Xu and Chi Wei Lo
Yukiko Sekino, piano

Praised for her “thrilling, inspirational performance” (Florida Sun-Sentinel) and “elegance of line, leaping energy” (San Jose Mercury News), pianist Yukiko Sekino has forged a career that encompasses a wide range of interests. A soloist noted for her performances of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin, she frequently collaborates in chamber music and performs some of the most challenging twentieth and twenty-first century works.

Sekino is the Gold Medalist of the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition and a winner of the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award. She has performed as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Recital highlights have included the Jordan Hall in Boston, Overtures Series in Washington, D.C., Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, Hitomi Memorial Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Northeast Asia International Piano Festival in China, and U.S. college campuses such as Eastman School of Music, MIT, and Ithaca College.

With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, Sekino has undertaken various performance projects. Recent projects include performances of Chopin’s complete Op. 10 and Op. 25 Etudes and the Four Ballades, late works by Alexander Scriabin, and world premieres of compositions by David Rakowski and Ross Bauer. In 2023, she undertook a commissioning project with support from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. In this project, composers Mari Kimura and Joseph Di Ponio wrote new works for piano and electronics for Sekino, taking inspiration from the music of Scriabin and Debussy. Committed to music of our times, Sekino has performed as a soloist in major 20th century works such as Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano, Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, and Xenakis’ Eonta and Palimpsest at venues including Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Theatre in Miami, and Tanglewood Music Center.

Active as an educator, Sekino has given masterclasses at universities and conservatories in the United States and serves as an adjudicator in various competitions. Her prize-winning students regularly participate in festivals and competitions and continue further studies at top schools. During the summers, she has been faculty and guest artist at East Carolina Piano Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, and Northeast Asia International Piano Festival (China). Having previously taught at Colby College, she is currently an Affiliate Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as a piano faculty at New England Conservatory Prep School and School of Continuing Education.

Sekino is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School and holds a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers were Gilbert Kalish, Seymour Lipkin, and Robert Levin.


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Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts
Lincoln,  Massachusetts