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Yoko Suzuki

I am a jazz pianist and a composer/arranger, who was born in Yokohama, Japan. After playing Electric Organ for 10 years, I got attracted by Jazz music and started playing Jazz Piano with self- learning when I was 14 years old.
I ente red Kunitachi College of Music in 2013 and had studied Jazz Piano with Mr. Ozone there. In 2015 and 2016, two of my compositions were performed at Tokyo Jazz Festival by the JFC all - star big band directed by Makoto.
After the graduation, I entered the Berklee College of Music as a scholarship student to study Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance, and I have received some honored awards from school every year.
2018: Jazz Performance Award.
2019: Duke Ellington Award (The highest award from Jazz Composition department)
2020: Tadd Dameron Award In 2020, I graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music. While I was in the US,
gratefully, I had received some young composer’s awards, which are listed below.
2019: Honorable mention in ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award(“Progress”)
2019:Honorable mention inJEN Young Composer’s Showcase (“Cat Tricks”)
2020:Winner of the DOWNBEAT 43rd annual student music award in the category of “Original Composition for Large Ensemble” (""Hmmmm"")
2021: Winner of ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award (“Flies In May”)
The pandemic had influenced me to come back to Japan. Despite all of that, I’m very excited to create music with everyone here, and I hope to have my own big-b and which could play together for long and have some tour in the world with my original music in the future.  
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