Piano

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What is Yamazaki Piano Club?

Yamazaki Piano Club is an exciting place where piano teachers and students can share and learn as they create a vibrant musical community!  We value a relaxed, enjoyable environment, while still celebrating high-level achievement.  We offer teachers more venues for their students to be heard and appreciated, and opportunities to hone their teaching skills. We offer ongoing contests and feedback to students of all ages and all levels of musicianship. We offer parents a Family-Friendly site of exceptional quality, a safe place for their children to grow.

Share your Voice through Piano

Subscribers enjoy many great features:

Teachers

  • Help your students learn the art of online presentation
  • Provide a platform for your students to perform for each other, for grandparents, schoolmates and friends
  • Support and encouragement from an international musical community
  • Library of vetted piano scores with music era, level, and composer information
  • Articles on teaching, theory, listening, performing and other helpful topics
  • Frequent workshops for enrichment and inspiration
  • Featured curated video performances

Students

  • Frequent low-stress, enjoyable performance contests 
  • Feedback from friends, family and experienced teachers
  • Access to a wealth of repertoire pieces, vetted and graded
  • Supportive international musical community
  • Chance to develop a high-quality digital voice on the Internet
  • Learning presentation skills beyond just performance
  • Develop a deep artistry
  • Meeting other students and colleagues
  • Tools to support and encourage efficient practice

Parents

  • Family-friendly environment 
  • Ability to comment on your child’s performance
  • Open environment for grandparents, friends, and fans to give input
  • Listening opportunities for the entire family
  • Encourages your child to develop social skills in a positive, nurturing community
  • Helps your child develop a high-level digital voice for today’s online world
  • Helps your child develop writing and presentation skills 
  • Provides a more healthy, scholarly alternative to current controversial social platforms

Piano Contests

Presentations by students of all ages and levels 
Each presentation includes a performance video, a picture and an intro to engage the audience

Hosted by Yamazaki Piano Club


  • Frequent

    Offered many times a year, so that students can learn more repertoire and have more performance opportunities.

  • Creative

    Focus is on interpretation, comprehensive musicianship and imaginative artistry. Inter-disciplinary.

  • Sharing

    Students get to hear each other's performances and be exposed to more new music, and to meet musical colleagues.

  • Artistic

    Pianists are free to choose their own repertoire, and to fully develop a piece. Memorization is not required. Artistic expression becomes just as important as technical skills.

  • Community

    Grandparents, families, friends and schoolmates can view and listen and give comments. High-level music becomes a part of the daily life of the community.



Piano Club News

Our Piano Club members include some of the finest upcoming musicians in the world. We are always excited to announce outstanding achievements of our Piano Club members.  

The Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards are presented once a year to eight outstanding composers from all over the world. This year two of our Piano Club members were finalists in this prestigious competition.

Watch Sir Howard Stringer, former president of CBS and CEO of Sony Corporation, as he announces this year’s winner of the Classical Composition Young Composers division:

To enter any Piano Contest requires a monthly subscription of $25 USD / month

This low monthly subscription will cover an individual, or an entire family, and gives you access to all contests and features of the Yamazaki Piano Club.

Contest Schedule for Academic Year 2022-2023
Six contests will be offered every academic year (July - June)

  • Contest - 2022-Piano-01 - Expression

    Submission Deadline - Saturday 07/30/22

  • Contest - 2022-Piano-02 - Discovery

    Submission Deadline - Saturday 10/15/22

  • Contest - 2022-Piano-03 - Celebration

    Submission Deadline - Sunday 12/18/2022

  • Contest - 2023-Piano-01 - Awakening

    Submission Deadline - Sunday 02/26/2023 - Special prize for the best performance of a piece by a Black Composer

  • Contest - 2023-Piano-02 - Passion

    Submission Deadline - Saturday 04/29/2023 - Special prize for the best performance of a piece by a Woman Composer

  • Contest - 2023-Piano-03 - Enjoyment

    Submission Deadline - Saturday 06/24/2023

Experienced Team

We are pleased to introduce pianist and educator Dr. Akiko Yamazaki and composer and educator Julie Harris.  These two long-time colleagues have assembled a stellar team of musicians and computer software gurus to bring our exciting online piano club to life!

Acclaimed pianist and educator Akiko Yamazaki has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Akiko has appeared as a guest artist at universities including Utah State University, and University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the members of the North Carolina Symphony and the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As a pedagogue, she is active as a presenter, adjudicator, and master class clinician. Her students have won prizes at local, regional and national competitions. She has been on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill International Chamber Music Workshop, and UNCG Summer Music Camp.

Akiko holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She studied under the tutelage of John Salmon for piano, and Andrew Willis for harpsichord and fortepiano. She holds a Master of Music degree (MM) in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree (BM) with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary teachers include James Giles and Mayron Tsong.

Akiko Yamazaki
Barber Excursions Op. 20 No. 1 & 2:

Akiko Yamazaki
Henry Cowell--Snows of Fuji-Yama

Musicianship

Julie Harris is excited to collaborate with Dr. Yamazaki in this exciting piano club!  Julie holds a degree in music from Duke University, and has taught theory, composition, ear-training, analysis, informed listening and piano performance for many decades. She brings a wealth of experience and articles that will inspire and excite you, related to all aspects of musicianship. Her goal is to make educated musical discoveries a vital part of life. Whether you are a teacher, a performer, a composer, or an eager audience member who wants to learn more, you’ve come to the right place! 

What is the Voice Club?

The Voice Club is a platform for self expression which was founded in the Spring of 2020.  Our first group of creators were fiction writers, and our writing contests have become famous throughout the internet.

Now we are expanding into other areas of self expression, and launching a focused interest group for piano expression.  Yamazaki Piano is a “SubClub” of our main club, where students can express their voice through piano.

What do I need to get started?

Google Account (Free)

Our online piano community is powered by the Voice Club, and you need a Google account to SignIn. If you do not already have one, simply create a free Google account.

Voice.club Account (Free)

Using Google SignIn, simply create your free Voice.club account. Your free Voice Club account will give you access to discourse comments, and your own personalized star page.

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Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. During public voting, only club members can read posts submitted for that contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!