Yoko Hagino was born and raised in Japan, where she began her piano studies at the age of 4. As a child, she performed her own compositions, which took her to Europe and the United States, including performances as a concert soloist with the Czech Symphony, the University of Southern California Symphony, Kyoto City Symphony, and Ensemble Orchestra Kanazawa. Hagino has appeared as a soloist with Osaka Century Orchestra, UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, White Rabbit Sinfonietta, and has also performed various piano recitals ranging from the music of Bach to contemporary repertoire. Hagino is a prize winner of the Steinway Society Piano Competition, the First International Chamber Music Competition, the All-Japan Selective Competition of the International Mozart Competition, and Chamber Music Competition of Japan.

She received her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees with honors from Tokyo National University, where she won its concerto competition. She earned an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum and also won the school’s concerto competition. Hagino completed a Performance Diploma at Boston Conservatory, where she was a student of Michael Lewin and also received the Churchill Scholarship.

She has been invited to play at the Bösendorfer Piano Recital Series in Tokyo, Japan, the Harvard Musical Association, Boston Steiner Hall, the Killington Music Festival, the Boston Conservatory New Music festival, the William Kapell Music Festival, and at Steinway and Sons in Kamen, Germany. She also has appeared live on Suisse Romande Radio in Switzerland.

As a devoted chamber musician, she is the Co–Director of “Die Musiker Witz,” and has given many concerts in various locations in Japan. She has performed with contemporary ensembles such as White Rabbit during their Ensemble Residency at Harvard University, Alea III, Ludovico Ensemble, ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX, and Sound Icon. She has been a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and is a faculty member of Concord Conservatory, The Key West Young Artist Program, and Morgan State University Summer Opera Workshop in Baltimore.

Albums

Old & New Poetry

Release Date: June 11, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6342
21st Century
Vocal Music
Clarinet
Saxophone
Voice
Carl Vollrath’s OLD AND NEW POETRY from Navona Records is a lovingly-prepared setting of the works of seminal poets William Blake and Sara Teasdale, as well as the contemporary writer John Gracen Brown. The verses chosen by Vollrath—including such varied selections as Blake’s “The Fly,” Teasdale’s “Dusk In War Time,” and Brown’s “The Coming of a Summer Rainstorm”—all reflect the composer’s belief in the interdependency of all life on earth. Employing piano, saxophone, and mezzo-soprano, Vollrath thoughtfully pushes tonal boundaries in response to the poetic language.
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Musical Images for Piano

Release Date: March 9, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6144
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Composer Mark John McEncroe's latest album MUSICAL IMAGES FOR PIANO presents a theater of the mind, performed with a delicacy that is both melancholic and nostalgic. Rather than attempting to shatter musical boundaries, McEncroe focuses on the introspective, letting the listener’s stories and memories give the music its own unique life.
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Lingering Longings, Music for Clarinet and Piano Vol. 2

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6018
21st Century
Chamber
Clarinet
Piano
Considered by American Record Guide as a composer who “approaches his pieces with respect and care,” Carl Vollrath presents the second volume of his clarinet and piano works on Navona Records, LINGERING LONGINGS: MUSIC FOR CLARINET AND PIANO VOL. 2. Expanding upon the first release in this collection, PAST RECOLLECTIONS: MUSIC FOR CLARINET AND PIANO VOL. 1, the composer continues to celebrate past events through musical narratives, tenderly and radiantly performed by clarinetist Michael Norsworthy and pianist Yoko Hagino.
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Past Recollections

Release Date: February 10, 2015
Catalog Number: NV5988
21st Century
Chamber
Clarinet
Piano
The stories we tell, stemming from our experiences of people, places, and events, reveal how we understand and express the world around us. Composer Carl Vollrath presents works for clarinet and piano which depict his interpretations of past events and tones of past composers, oftentimes conveying them through ironic and spirited musical themes.
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