Yuko Yamamura

Yuko Yamamura

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Jazz - Contemporary | Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Total Song Plays: 206   
Member Since: 2011
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Yuko Yamamura bio

- Grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2012 -

Yuko Yamamura is a Jazz and Classical French hornist, composer, and arranger. She was born in Kobe, Japan, and started her musical studies as a singer at the age of seven. She graduated from the Osaka College of Music in 1995, where she studied Classical
music with Hiroko Fushimi and Shigekazu Ikeda, and wind ensemble arranging with
Toru Takahashi. She also studied jazz - particularly improvisation with Hiroshi
Munekiyo - at the Arrow Jazz Orchestra Music School.

For several years starting in 2001, she taught at the Yamaha School for Wind Orchestra.
It was then that she led her own jazz quintet, and enjoyed performances at Kobe and
Osaka, which culminated in a CD, which was recorded at XEBEC Music Production Studios. She came to the United States, ultimately graduating from the Berklee
College of Music as a professional music major, studying both jazz French horn and
composition. While there, she studied jazz improvisation with Tiger Okoshi, Christine
Fawson, and Jeff Galindo.

At present, she is a member of the Victor Jones Band, a position she has held since 2009.

She is Grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2012 session-1 of Jazz category. And her composition was selected by in-flight airplay of Virgin America airline for summer 2012. Also her group was held in Manhattan, NY Best of 2011 award-winning talent at the "Japan Art MATSURI (Japan Art Festival)" And the summer of 2012, the first album "Ajarria" released in Japan and the U.S.

She continues to perform and compose in a wide variety of styles, (classical, jazz, Bossa
Nova, Latin, rock, funk, experimental, free, etc.), and for different venues including for
solo French horn, guitar duo, and big band.