Pianist Marika Yasuda has performed throughout the United States and Europe. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, she is a recipient of an Associate Instructorship at the Jacobs School of Music where she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in collaborative piano under the guidance of Kevin Murphy and Anne Epperson.
Recent engagements include recitals and orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Seiji Ozawa Hall and Bennett Gordon Hall with eighth blackbird, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. Yasuda frequently serves as coach accompanist for the Indiana University Opera Theater. Productions include Gianni Schicchi, West Side Story and the Mason Bates’ opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe and Seattle, the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s In America (2018), and concerts at the Boulanger Initiative’s Woco Launch Fest in Washington D.C. and Middlebury Song Fest.
She has held fellowships with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, SongFest, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Gijon International Piano Festival and was music director at the 2019 Finger Lakes Opera’s young artist program. In 2020 and 2021 Yasuda was an apprentice coach at the prestigious Merola Opera Program, where she performed in a recital titled What the Heart Desires as well as in Merola’s award-winning film, Back Home: Through the Stage Door, directed by David Paul.
Yasuda holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompaniment from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music.