November 2008

Everett, MA  —  A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Reiko holds a Bachelor\’s degree in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music and a Master\’s degree in Classical Composition from Boston University.  Her compositions include solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music, as well as collaborative projects with jazz musicians and dancers.  She is the founder (2005) and artistic director of the JYUGOYA Ensemble, which she led on successful three-city tour in Japan in the summer 2008, presenting a program consisting entirely of her original compositions. The tour\’s main sponsors include the Hiroshima Opera and Music Promotion Committee and the Japan-America Society, the Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island.  Her works have also been performed on such major stages as the Boston Symphony Hall, Pickman Hall, Berklee Performance Center and Tsai Performance Center as well as in Europe. Yamada has been an Artist in Residence at Wildacres (NC), the Helene Warlitzer Foundation (NM) and the Millay Colony for the Arts (NY). She has been a student of Vuk Kulnovich, Theodore Antoniou, Samuel Headrick and Lukas Foss among others.

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