Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuuko Suzuki graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo in 1990. She pursued her graduate studies at Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford where she met Professor Luiz de Moura Castro, a Brazilian pianist whose influence inspired her to specialize in performing Brazilian classical music. She received a Master of Music degree in 1992 and an Artist Diploma in 1993.

During a stay in Paris from 1993 to 1996, Ms. Suzuki launched her performing career while studying musicology at the Sorbonne, where she obtained her Maîtrise de Musique in 1996. She also studied under Anna Stella Schic, a disciple of renowned Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

In year 2000, Ms. Suzuki gave commemorative recitals for the 500th anniversary of Brazil at the Brazilian Embassy (Salle Villa-Lobos) in Paris, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, and Museu da República as well as Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro.

In September 2002, she was awarded Cavaleiro the order of “Rio Branco” by the government of Brazil.

A Japanese translation by Yuuko Suzuki of Villa-Lobos: Souvenirs de l'indien blanc, a book by Anna Stella Schic, was published through Transview in October 2004. The book includes a CD of Ms. Suzuki performing the works of Villa-Lobos. A piano recital was held at Hakuju Hall in Tokyo to commemorate the publication.

In May 2005, Ms. Suzuki gave a piano recital at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo for the Companhia Vale do Rio Doce during the visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, Lula Inácio da Silva.

Commissioned by the Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo, Yuuko Suzuki worked on the Japanese translation of a Música Erudita Brasileira .

In autumn 2006, she performed a concert tour in Brazil promoted by the Japan Foundation covering 9 cities (Manaus, Fortaleza, Belém, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, São Paulo and Brasília) with the program Schumann, Liszt and Brazilian classical composers.

Ms. Suzuki currently resides in Lausanne and continues to give concerts internationally in Japan, U.S.A., Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, China, and other countries.

Yuuko Suzuki