Lecturer at the Tokyo National University
of Fine Arts and Music
Lecturer at the Kunitachi Music University
Performing on Sankyo Flutes Since 1980
Sankyo 18k Gold Flute
In 1984 Yumiko Sakuma graduated from the Paris Conservatory of Music, achieving the premiére prix. In 1983 she won first prize, as well as the Josef Rampal prize, at the Jean-Pierre Rampal Flute Competition. She won the gold medal at the Bordeaux International Music Festival in 1984 and won the second prize at the first Kobe International Flute Competition.
Yumiko Sakuma has performed all over Japan with renowned orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. She is highly motivated to develop the further possibilities of flute music, especially in the field of chamber music, and she has always been in the spotlight as one of the top flutists in Japan. Sakuma has been a pupil of Akiyasu Miyamoto, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Alain Marion, Raymond Guiod, and Christian Larde.