CCM: Prep

CCM: Prep

Nozomi Yamaguchi, Suzuki Piano


Nozomi Yamaguchi is a pianist who has appeared in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lexington, Bloomington, Fort Collins, and universities across the United States. While being a recitalist for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Associations, he has also been active in chamber music, collaborating with Aaron Jay Kernis as well as members of eighth blackbird and Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. Chosen as a semi-finalist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two audition in Alice Tully Hall, he has toured in Japan and Italy, described as “precise, passionate, and determined” by Corriere della Sera. In addition to working under batons of Keith Lockhart and Marco Armiliato, he has performed as concerto soloist and principal pianist with orchestras including Wheeling Symphony. Some of his performances have been broadcast on WVPR-FM and CBC-TV in Japan. As an accompanist, he has also appeared in the American Guild of Music National Convention and Contest.

Mr. Yamaguchi has received numerous graduate teaching assistantships, competition prizes, and scholarships including the Valerie Canady Foundation and H. J. Heinz Award, named after a victim of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland. He has studied at Manhattan School of Music and received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and literature from West Virginia University. For decades, he has maintained administrative and teaching positions at Linton Chamber Music Series, where he has assisted Gil Shaham, Midori Goto, Yefim Bronfman, Truls Mørk, and members of Indianapolis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he has received an Artist Diploma in piano. He has co-founded and directed the Cincinnati Piano Institute, served on a Chamber Music America Forum committee, taught at West Virginia Wesleyan College, adjudicated Music Teachers National Association Student Performance Competitions, overseen the piano program at the Summer Arts Immersion, and presented master classes for the Detroit Suzuki Institute at Wayne State University and Wyoming Fine Arts Center. In addition to being bilingual in English and Japanese, he speaks French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Dr. Yamaguchi has taught traditional, Suzuki, Taubman, jazz, secondary, and class piano and worked as a music theory and history instructor as well as a chamber music and opera coach with singers who became winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His piano students have garnered top honors at Buckeye, Miami University High School, Kentucky Music Teachers Association Baldwin and Yamaha, Bluegrass, and Graves Solo and Ensemble Competitions as well as Overture Awards and Auditions Festival. Being winners of concerto competitions for Tri-County and CCM Preparatory as well as Ensemble Events and Cincinnati Concerto Festival, they have appeared under the guidance of George Litterst at the Music Teachers National Association National Convention and performed with string quartets and orchestras including Amernet, Avila, Lupé, Rookwood, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, Dayton Philharmonic, Blue Ash / Montgomery Symphony, and 88 String under batons of Mark Newkirk, Neil Gittleman Michael Chertock, Ellen Stephens, and Jessica Madsen. Having received scholarships from Cincinnati Symphony Club, Friends of CCM, Cincinnati Suzuki Piano Institute, Gino James DiMario Memorial Fund, and Dulcimer Festival, they have performed in master classes by Irina Gorin, Scott McBride Smith, David Cartledge, Fay Adams, Marvin Blickenstaff, Keiko Alexander, Doris Lehnert, Daria Rabotakina, and Mary Craig Powell. They have also toured throughout Italy as part of the Accent X Chamber Music Program; studied at Indiana University–Bloomington Piano Academy and Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts; performed in Cincinnati Music Hall Corbett Tower, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, American Music Scholarship Association World Piano Competition Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Club Outreach Program, Showcase Recitals at the Cincinnati Art Museum Fath Auditorium, Taft Museum Luther Hall, and Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts Fifth-Third Bank Theater; and appeared on Dayton Public Radio, West Chester Community Television, and Media Bridges. Some of his students have moved on to leading international conservatories and universities. One of them includes a rising-star composer, Kevin Beavers, whose work was commissioned by the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and performed by Philadelphia Orchestra in Carnegie Hall after winning their centennial competition.