YOKO NISHII was born in Ise, Japan. She began to play the piano at the age of 4. After graduating from Keio University in Tokyo for studies of French literature in 1998, she entered “Ino Mirkovic” Music Academy situated in Lovran, Croatia with full scholarship for 2 years. She graduated from the 4-year academic program in only 2 years with excellent grades under Prof. Evgeny Zarafiants in 2000. In July 2001, she earned “Master of Music Art” degree at the same academy and from 2001 to 2003, she worked as assistant in the piano class of Prof. Zarafiants. Also she often worked as accompanist in “Flute Master Class” held in the same academy by Prof. Pierre-Yves Artaud from Paris. From 2005 to 2007 she did advanced study at Zagreb Music Academy as the fellowship under the Japanese Government Overseas Program for Artists. Winner and finalist at numerous international competitions. From 2014 to 2019 she worked as a part-time lecturer at Aichi University of the Arts in Japan. Until now she studied with Prof. Mitsuko Tomio, Prof. Naofumi Kaneshige, Prof. Kyoko Ogawa, Prof. Hitoshi Kobayashi and Prof. Zarafiants.
She has given numerous solo recitals in Japan, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. In Croatia alone she held about 50 solo recitals in 24 cities. She has also performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonid Nikolaev in Zagreb and Opatija, Croatia and the Cuban National Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Enrique Perez Mesa in Havana, Cuba. In December 2018 she gave a concert co-organized by Japanese Embassy in Croatia and Croatian Radio Television (HRT) at the HRT studio Bajsic in Zagreb, Croatia on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan, which was broadcast live by HRT.
She is extensively involved in research and dissemination of Croatian composers and music as well as composers from other neighboring countries. In February 2015 she has published the first CD in the world which includes the complete solo piano works of Dora Pejacevic from Japanese CD label “Herb Classics” on her 130th birth anniversary.
In July 2020 she has released her second CD album “Yoko Nishii plays Sergei Rachmaninov”
In 2012 – she held the concert of the complete piano works of Dora Pejacevic as a project “the Cultural Transmission from Ise to the World” in Ise, Japan.
In 2013 – in June she held the Public Recording Concert titled “touring Croatian Music” organized by PTNA (Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan) in Tokyo, presenting pieces by Ferdo Livadic, Blagoje Bersa, Josip Slavenski and Dora Pejacevic. In July she gave a concert in Vinkovci, Croatia celebrating the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan, also a concert in Rijeka, Croatia at the international “Dino Ciani” Piano Master Classes and Festival, and 2 concerts at Rome Summer Festival. In October she held the Public Recording Concert titled “Piano works by Dora Pejacevic～A flower which bloomed at the turn of the century～on the 90th anniversary of her death” organized by PTNA in Tokyo.
In 2014 – in May she held Duo Concert with Goran Koncar (Vn) in Tokyo. In July she gave a concert by All-Pejacevic program on Dora’s own Bluthner piano in her memorial room in the Native Museum (the Pejacevic familiy palace) in Nasice, Croatia and also in the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, Croatia as well as in Vinkovci.
In 2015 – in February she has published a set of 2 CDs which includes the complete solo piano works of Dora Pejacevic from Japanese CD label “Herb Classics” and in September she held 11 concerts-tour in Croatia on the 130th birth anniversary of Dora Pejacevic starting with the concert at the residence of Japanese ambassador in Zagreb. She held concerts titled “Fin de Siecle in Wien and Croatia” in Beppu in November and in Oita in December on the occation of opening exhibition vol. 2 “Dawn of Gods” at Oita Prefectual Art Museum (OPAM).
In 2016 – in March she was invited as a Jury member at the 2nd International Piano Competition “Memorijal Jurica Murai” in Varazdin, Croatia and also gave the humanitarian concert for the blind in the presence of their guide dogs which was organized by Japanese Embassy in cooperation with Croatian Society for Training Guide Dogs and for Mobility during the Japanese Culture Week at the hotel Westin in Zagreb. In September she held 8 concerts-tour in Croatia, Montenegro and Hungary. The concert in Budapest was held at the museum of Music History co-organized by Croatian Embassy and Japanese Embassy in Hungary and there she performed on Bartok’s own Boesendorfer Imperial piano.
In 2017 – in January she gave a concert at Croatian Embassy in Japan on the occation of the 25th Anniversary of the International Recognition of the Republic of Croatia. In September she had 6 concerts-tour in Croatia including concerts at Mimara Museum in Zagreb and at Academy of Arts in Split both organized by Japanese Embassy in Croatia.
In 2018 – in March she published CD “Franjo Krezma: Reverie – Miniatures for violin and piano” with Kresimir Marmilic (Vn) from Croatian CD label “NOTA BENE Records” and held 9 Duo concerts-tour in Croatia. In September she held a concert in honour of the 180th anniversary of Franciscan classic grammar school in Sinj & the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan in Sinj, Croatia. She also held a Japan – Mostar friendship concert in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In December she gave a concert co-organized by Japanese Embassy in Croatia and Croatian Radio Television (HRT) at the HRT studio Bajsic in Zagreb, Croatia on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan, which was broadcast live by HRT.
In 2019 – in September she held a concert in Porec, organized by Croatian Olympic Committee for the purpose of promoting the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
In 2020 – in January she had a recording session in Tokamachi-City, Niigata. In July she has released her second CD album “Yoko Nishii plays Sergei Rachmaninov”. In October she gave lectures on Croatia at Toba High School in Mie Prefecture, as a preparatory study for a lecture on the EU by the Croatian Ambassador to Japan. In November, she held “Piano Concert and Lecture on International Understanding” mainly focused on Croatia at the elementary school and the junior high school in Ise city, organized by the Ise City Board of Education.