Born in Tokyo, Yuzuko Horigome started to learn piano at the age of 4 and violin at the age of 5. Starting violin with Ryosaku Kubota she achieved her skill with Toshiya Eto at the Toho Gakuen Academy.
In 1980 she won the First Great Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. This was the start of tours throughout the world with among others the direction of Claudio Abbado, André Prévin, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Erich Leinsdorf, Seiji Ozawa, Ivan Fischer, Simon Rattle, Sandor Vegh, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt and of course, many others.
So she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orkestra, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmony, Pittsburgh and Chicago Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the orchestra of the Scala di Milano, the Montreal symphonic, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Birmingham orchestra, the Czech’s Philharmonic, the Camerata Academica Mozarteum Salzburg, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and so on …
Invited to participate at internationally well known festivals such as Marlboro (generating tours in the States and Japan), Lockenhaus, Tanglewood and Musicfest La Jolla she had the occasion to share her foundness for chamber music with exceptional artists like Martha Argerich, Nobuko Imai, Mischa Maisky, Charles Neidich, Jean-Marc Luisada, Abdel Rahman El-Bacha, Gidon Kremer, Janos Starker and late Rudolf Serkin
Together with Nobuko Imai, Thomas Zehetmair or afterwards Pamela Franck and Antonio Meneses she created the Casals Hall Quartet, quartet residing at the Casals Hall in Tokyo. Cheered by the press, this quartet realised since 1990 six tours in Japan.
During a single season she performed with the NHK Symphony directed by Ashkenazy, the St Petersburg Academy Orchestra directed by Dimitriev and at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam with the Flanders orchestra.
During 2004 and 2005 she shared a concert with Martha Argerich at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo before starting with her a tour in Argentina and Italy. In 2008, this duet was also invited by the Flanders and the Lugano festivals.
Between 2003 and 2006 she performed in Japan with Momo Kodama playing and recording complete sonatas of Mozart. In parallel, during season 2005-2006, happened tours in France and Japan with the pianist Jean-Marc Luisada, some event being broadcasted by NHK.
In 2008, with in between the clarinettist Charles Neidich she performed Messiaen’s quartet « Pour la fin des temps » which was recorded on a DVD by NHK.
From 2008 till 2010 she joined Abdel Rahman El Bacha to perform in Japan and Europe the complete sonatas of Beethoven.
With Philippe Graffin, Abdel Rahman El-Bacha, Roger Chase and Jeroen Reuling she recently founded the group Consonances which performs currently in Holland, Belgium and Japan.
In January 2010, during a tour in Japan, she was demanded to stand in for an ill soloist at a moment’s notice. The concert took place with the NHK Symphony directed by Jun-ichi Hirokami and was broadcasted live NHK. Praised unanimously by the press, her performance was considered as a highlight of the season.
She recorded under label SONY, CBS, DENON, TRING, Lockenhaus Edition, Camerata Tokyo, DABRINGHAUS und GRIMM, TALENT, NAMI, GAILLY and PAVANE, as a non exhaustive list works of Bach, Vitali, Veracini, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Lalo, Vieuxtemps, Paganini, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Granados, de Falla, Sarasate, Shostakovich, Bartok, Takemitsu, Enesco, Dutilleux, Miyoshi, Mochizuki, Gondai and so on for concertos and chamber music.
Very much in demand in Japan, Yuzuko Horigome induced the contribution of several Japanese composers who proposed to dedicate solo violin works to her. This project will generate recitals recurded live in Tokyo and Kyoto during the next five years. Another project initiated by Yuzuko Horigome, called Bach-Brahms will propose alternate works of those two composers during next three years.
Besides her performances as a soloist or chamber music player, Yuzuko Horigome is a professor at the Dutch-speaking section of the Brussels Royal Music Academy. Her ability for accompanying her students at the piano is quite an asset here. Her recognized teacher qualities led her to give numerous master classes in California, Japan, France or Denmark.
At last, when her tours everywhere in the world allow her to do so, she answers positively to requests to be on international juries of competitions like the Queen Elisabeth in Belgium, Sendai International in Japan or Indianapolis in the States.