Nozomi Yamaguchi is a pianist who has appeared in major American musical centers such as New York City and Philadelphia in addition to universities across the United States. While being a recitalist for the Pittsburgh Concert Society and Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, he has also been active in chamber music, collaborating with Aaron Jay Kernis and members of eighth blackbird as well as Mexico City Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras in venues including Music Hall Reuben Runyan Springer Auditorium. Heard as a semi-finalist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two 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 the batons of Keith Lockhart and Marco Armiliato, he has performed as concerto soloist and principal pianist with orchestras including Wheeling Symphony. His performances have been broadcast on WVPR-FM and CBC-TV in Japan. As an accompanist, he has been featured in the American Guild of Music National Convention and Contest and across the country.
Mr. Yamaguchi has received numerous graduate teaching assistantships, competition prizes, and scholarships including the Valerie Canady Foundation and Henry John Heinz Award, named after a victim of Pan American World Airways 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 for the 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 performed with string quartets and orchestras including Amernet, Avila, Lupé, Rookwood, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, Dayton Philharmonic, Blue Ash / Montgomery Symphony, and 88 String under the batons of Mark Newkirk, Neil Gittleman, Michael Chertock, Ellen Stephens, and Jessica Madsen; appeared under the guidance of George Litterst at the Music Teachers National Association National Convention; and garnered top honors at local, regional, state, and international contests including Great Composers, Buckeye, Miami University High School, Kentucky Music Teachers Association Bluegrass, Baldwin, and Yamaha, Graves Solo and Ensemble, and CCM Piano Competitions as well as Overture Awards and Auditions Festival. They have also become winners of concerto competitions for Tri-County and CCM Preparatory as well as Ensemble Events and Cincinnati Concerto Festival. Having received scholarships from the 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 Corbett Tower, Taft Museum Luther Hall, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts Jarson-Kaplan Theater and Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library for the American Music Scholarship Association World Piano Competition Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Club Outreach Program, Cincinnati Art Museum Fath Auditorium and Fifth-Third Bank Theater for the Showcase Recitals, and Hauskonzerte; 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 including Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, Westminster Choir College, Bard College, Nagoya College of Music, and CCM, among others. 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 the centennial competition.