A Classical Pianist who is a graduate of University of Hawai’i at Manoa (B.Mus. & M. Mus. in piano performance) where she studied with Dr. Jonathan Korth and Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. Born and raised in Japan, Yuka started her piano study at the age of three with her aunt Atsuko Suzuki, continuing with further studies with Elly Hattori at the Yamaha Music School and Dr. Reiko Kikuchi of the Tokyo College of Music. She participated in local piano competitions such as the Saitama Piano Competition and was a prize winner in many. During the course of her study at UH Manoa, she served as a pianist for the UH Wind Ensemble and was an HPTA scholarship winner for 2011-2012. In addition to her music degree, she holds a B.A. at Tsuda College in Tokyo and a B.B.A. at UH Manoa.