Yukie Wake* and Julia Hartmann (nee Williams) formed a piano duo in 1999 and were taken on by Maureen Lunn Management. They played together for eight years, travelling the world on P&O Cruise ships, giving classical piano duo recitals to passengers. They also gave many recitals in the UK including at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. They gave a series of illustrated talks and recitals for the holiday company Saga.
*Yukie Wake is from Hiroshima, Japan. She graduated with first class honours
from the Hiroshima Music High School. She then studied at the Kunitachi College
of Music in Tokyo where she gained a B.Mus Degree. In 1996 she continued her
studies at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Simon Nicholls and
Irina Zaritskaya where she followed the Advanced Performance Course, graduating
in July 1999 with an A.R.C.M. PG Diploma. While there she was commended for her
performance in the Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition and was awarded a
distinction in her final performance exam. She took part in two international
music masterclasses held in Spain in 1997 and 1998. After a period of living in
Singapore and Japan she has now returned to the UK.
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