Yūko Shiokawa – Violin
Yūko Shiokawa was born in Tokyo and began studying the violin at age five. In 1957 her family emigrated to Peru where she studied with Eugen Cremer, and began performing. In 1963 she participated in masterclasses with Wilhelm Stross in Munich, and in 1968 with Sándor Végh in Salzburg. At the age of 19 she received the Deutschen Musikhochschulen and the Mendelssohn Prizes. She began her professional career in 1963 performing with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Rafael Kubelik and the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. Yūko Shiokawa has played with major orchestras in Europe, the USA, Japan and Israel and is active in chamber music and solo recitals, especially with her husband, Sir Andràs Schiff. Her recordings include the Mozart sonatas and the Bach solo sonatas and partitas. Since 2002 she has played the 1698 Grancino violin which Yehudi Menuhin played in his youth.