Diana Yukawa

Contemporary Solo Violinist

Diana Yukawa is an award winning solo violinist and has had 2 successful solo albums with BMG Japan. Following Diana’s debut album she was acknowledged as one the country’s top 10 artists. At only 23, Diana has lead an extraordinary life. Born in Tokyo to English ballet dancer and Japanese banker just 3 weeks after the 1985 Japan Airlines disaster that took her father’s life, Diana has crossed cultural boundaries in her personal life and is pushing to cross even further in her professional life as a talented and much celebrated violinist.

She began learning the violin at 5 years of age and through her colourful career to date she had already performed solo at such auspicious venues as St. James Piccadilly, Cadogan Hall and Kioi Hall as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, conductors Robin Stapleton and Grant Llewellyn, Japanese pop sensations Deen, Oscar winning composer Craig Armstrong and performed at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl with Carmen Rizzo and Paul Oakenfold.

Diana made an enormous impact in Japan, becoming an overnight child star after playing a memorial service for the JAL victims. Media in the country announced her as a music sensation and her ability has been recognised with numerous rewards such as the prestigious International Foundation for Arts and Culture and being appointed as soloist with the Japan Philharmonic.

Her Japanese debut album ‘La Campanella’ released in 2000 on BMG RCA became a No.1 best seller and was released in the UK under the title ‘Elegy’ in 2001 to rave reviews including Classic FM’s Henry Kelly. Her second album – works by Saint-Saens with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released in 2001.

Diana has studied with the great master, Ruggiero Ricci, as well as such distinguished Professors as Maurice Hasson, Hu Kun, Rodney Friend and Natasha Boyarsky.

Diana is now creating material for her much anticipated third album and has spent the time developing her own unique, distinctive sound – far removed from her two previous classical albums. Teaming up with a great pool of music producers, including Andy Wright (Massive Attack) and Craig Armstrong (Moulin Rouge) as well as collaborations with Jeff Beck, Daniel Bedingfield, Taro Hakase and Jonas Myrin – Diana will create her brand new, innovative, modern sound.

Diana will once and for all break the common misconception that the violin is merely a classical instrument.

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