Mika Yamamoto, piano
Mariko Nishikawa, violin
Juan María Raso Llarás, cello
The Yugen Trio is a collaboration between musicians from two very different countries – Japan and Spain.
The trio all share a belief in music as something hidden; something deep and mysterious within both the musician and the listener which has to be independently discovered. Their artistic aim as a group is to recreate this feeling and the choice of the name Yugen – a term from Japanese aesthetics referring to the sublime, unknowable nature of the universe – reflects this. By working intensively together, they have achieved a common language in the field of chamber music and use their unique influences to produce their own particular sound.
The members started their career as a trio in Nuremberg at the Hochschule fur Musik with Professor Mainolfi and Bernard Schmidt. Before playing together they had, individually, already received several prizes and positive reviews in both their home countries and Germany.
In October 2018 they began studying in the Masters program at the University for Music and Theater in Munich with Prof. Mommertz and Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang. They have also taken part in festivals, masterclasses and Courses with well known ensembles and musicians including Eberhard Feltz, the Casals Quartet, Günter Pichler, the Kuss Quartet, Hatto Barkley, Heime Müller und Eckart Runge.
In November 2018 they received the third prize at the 7th International Competition ‘Coop Music Awards’ in Cremona, in February 2019, the second prize at the International Chamber music competition of `Mozart Vereins 1829’, Nürnberg, in April 2019 the first price in the Chamber music competition ‘Les 21èmes Européennes de Musique de Chambre d ́Íllzach (France)’, and the first price in the Chamber music competition ‘Concours Européen Musiques d’Ensemle, FNAPEC’ in Paris. In November 2019 they received the second price at the ‘International Anton Rubinstein Competition- Chamber music’.
They are recipients of the 2019 Yehudi Menuhin Bursary “Live Music Now” in Munich and participants of the ECMA program (European Chamber Music Academy).