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Sanae Yoshida, pianist


Sanae Yoshida is an Oslo-based pianist working regularly with both contemporary and classical repertoire as a solo, chamber and ensemble musician. She has worked closely with several composers, and has premiered a large number of works.


She is an artistic research fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Music/The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, with the project "The microtonal piano - and the tuned-in interpreter".


Yoshida is a member of Ensemble Ernst, and she is the founding member of Ensemble Temporum, an Oslo-based ensemble of contemporary music.

As a member of Fragaria Vesca, she recorded chamber works by David Monrad Johansen in 2015, on the label of SIMAX. The CD was nominated to "Spellemannsprisen", "the Norwegian Grammy", in the classical music category. 

In 2015, she also recorded contemporary solo/chamber works by Øyvind Mæland on the label of LAWO. The following year, she recorded chamber works by Halfdan Cleve, again with Fragaria Vesca.

In 2023, Lawo will release her first solo album, consisting of works for microtonal piano.


She has been a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra, among others. Yoshida has performed solo in several festivals, such as the Ultima festival, Festspillene in Bergen, Ilios festival, Impuls Graz (Austria), Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany) and Engadin Summer Music Festival (Switzerland).  As a chamber and ensemble musician, she has performed together with CikadaEnsemble ErnstMimitabu, Lipkind Quartet, Nils Mortensen/Marianne Beate Kielland, AJO Ensemble, Bodø Sinfonietta, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.


In 2005, after her studies in Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Sanae Yoshida went to Norway to study with prof. Jiri Hlinka at the Barratt Due Academy of Music. Later on, she studied several years with prof. Håkon Austbø.  

Yoshida is living in Nesodden, a short boat ride from Oslo.

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