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Lecturer, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Guest Artist Faculty
Yuko Batik (Sakurai) was born in Japan and received her initial piano instruction at the age of six.
Starting in 1991, she studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo with Y. Kitamura. After completing her diploma in Tokyo, she commenced her artistic training at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and, starting in 1999, at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna with Prof. Roland Batik and Prof. Thomas Kreuzberger. There, she completed her degree examination and a Master of Arts degree, as well as a Master of Education (with distinction) and masterclasses with teachers including Jörg Demus and Oleg Maisenberg.
(It was her "Viennese teachers" who imparted to her a special relationship to music of the Viennese Classical era. With this as a foundation, her personal approach to Romantic and 20th-century music was able to develop.)
Starting in 2006, she began collaborating extensively with Roland Batik as a piano duo partner.
Yuko Batik has also participated in international competitions and has won prizes. This was the cornerstone for an international career that has taken her to many European countries, Turkey, Japan, as well as a successful tour of China with Roland Batik.
Regular invitations to Austrian festivals enable her to expand her concert programs. She is a guest artist at the Seibersdorfer Schlosskonzerte (Seibersdorf Palace Concerts), Wiener Neustädter Frühling (Wiener Neustadt Spring Festival) (piano and more), and the Wörthersee Classics Festival. Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna's Mozarthaus has become one of her musical "homesteads." In 2014, she also began regularly presenting a project of her own in her hometown together with Roland Batik.
Yuko Batik has had a lectureship at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, as of 2012. This was followed by a further teaching position at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
Yuko Batik has also documented her artistic work with CD productions. In May of 2013, the label Gramola released her first solo CD, containing works by L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms, A. Berg and R. Batik. She was awarded the Supersonic prize by the international music magazine *Pizzicato:* https://www.pizzicato.lu/fantastische-debut-cd-von-yuko-batik/ "... this young pianist already displays an astonishing maturity in all of the works interpreted on this CD. Technique is never foregrounded; on the contrary, one really does not so much as take notice of her manual dexterity."
Another CD, titled *Pictures* (*Pictures at an Exhibition* by Mussorgsky, Liszt's "Dante" Sonata and the "Moonlight" Sonata by L. van Beethoven), followed in 2016 and was also released on the Gramola label.
On the present recording, Yuko Batik's exceptional musical breadth ranges from the Viennese Classical era all the way to contemporary, jazz-inspired composition.