Yumi Yamagata



YAMAGATA Yumi has got many fans by her beautiful sounds, superb technique, and generous personality. She has been acting as a top artist who gives great pleasure to her audience.

After graduation from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she went over to Britain and received training. The flutists who have been her masters up to now are Hiroshi Noguchi, Takeshi Koizumi, Edward Beckett, Susan Milan, et al . Especially from Sir James Galway she has been receiving lessons and training very closely as one of his disciples. In 1986 she made her debut with her first album and her first recital in Tokyo. After that through many nationwide recitals and performances she suddenly came to be known as a new star-flutist in Japan. She has held many solo-concerts. At the same time she has performed with most of the major Japanese orchestras and with some foreign orchestras such as Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel, London Chamber Orchestra, Rumanian Chamber Orchestra, Cech-Prague Orchestra, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, German Chamber Orchestra, I Musici, Interpreti Veneziani, et al .

Twelve albums have been so far published by Sony Records and King Record Co. Each of the albums has sold well.

In 2006 she will have the 20 year anniversary of her debut. In celebration of it, on November, 2005 she has released a self-produced CD "Luce" which recorded with the Interpreti Veneziani in Venice. And the album gained public favor immediately.

Her efforts of making flute popular have been highly admired through various performances, activities on multimedia, and essay-writing.