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The members started their career as a trio in Nuremberg at the Hochschule fur Musik with Professor Massimiliano Mainolfi and  Professor Bernard Schmidt. Before playing together they had, individually, already received several prizes and positive reviews in both their home countries and Germany. 

In October 2018 they began studying in the Masters program at the University for Music and Theater in Munich with Prof. Dirk Mommertz and Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang. They have also taken part in festivals, masterclasses and Courses with well known ensembles and musicians including Eberhard Feltz, the Casals Quartet, Günter Pichler, the Kuss Quartet, Hatto Barkley, Heime Müller und Eckart Runge.In November 2018 they received the third prize at the 7th International Competition ‘Coop Music Awards’ in Cremona.

In February 2019, the second prize at the International Chamber music competition of `Mozart Vereins 1829’, Nuremberg, in April 2019 the first price in the Chamber music competition ‘Les 21èmes Européennes de Musique de Chambre d Íllzach (France)’ and the first price in the Chamber music competition ‘Concours Européen Musiques d’Ensemle, FNAPEC’ in Paris. In November 2019 they received the second price at the ‘International Anton Rubinstein Competition- Chamber music’ , in March 2020 the Aoyama Barock Hall Price“ in Kyoto and in October 2021 the second price at the Mendelssohn Competition in Germany. Besides they take part in the prestigious Rheingau Festival in 2020.

They are recipients of the 2019 Yehudi Menuhin Bursary “Live Music Now” in Munich and participants of the ECMA program (European Chamber Music Academy).

Mika Yamamoto

After having completed her Bachelorʼs degree at Toho Gakuen College, Mika Yamamoto began a Masterʼs degree studying with Pr. Wolfgang Manz at the Music Conservatory in Nuremberg. Over the course of these studies, she found herself playing chamber music regularly, and became convinced that this be her artistic calling. Playing duos, trios, quartets, and in all other possible formations, she was awarded numerous prizes at national and international competitions, among others the Steinway scholarship, “Ishikawa International Piano Competition“, and the International Duo Competition “Suzana Szörenyi”.

She graduated with a Masterʼs degree receiving highest honours, completed a post-graduate Masterclass diploma, and participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts, studying with Pr. Michael Krist, as well as participating in intensive courses with Jacques Rouvier, Rolf Plagge, Konrad Elser, Eberhard Feltz, Günter Pichler, Kuss Quartet und the Cuarteto Casals.

The focus of Mika Yamamotoʼs artistic work lies in chamber music. With her ensemble ʻʻYugen Trioʼʼ she embarked upon another Masterʼs degree with Pr. Dirk Mommertz and Wen-Sinn Yang at the Music Conservatory of Munich. She concertizes regularly across Europe and in Japan, and has appeared on stage with Wen-Sinn Yang, Clara-Dent Bogányi, and members of the Bamberg Symphony.

She is currently on faculty as collaborative pianist at the Music Conservatory in Nuremberg.

Mariko Nishikawa

Mariko Nishikawa studied at “Soai University” in Japan under Professor Machie Oguri and finished her Bachelor degree with honours.

In 2015 she partook in an academic exchange with the Music University of Freiburg with Professor Simone Zgraggen. Two years later she started her Master Studies at the Music University of Nürnberg with Professor Daniel Gaede.

Thanks to her talent and perseverance she has received numerous national and international prizes as well as opportunities to play with prestigious orchestras. She is the winner of the second edition of  “Concorso Music Arte“, which allowed her to play in Venice as a soloist. 

In addition she has given concerts in Osaka, Hyogo and Yokohama and has performed as a soloist with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music University of Nürnberg

At present Mariko concentrates her activity as the violinist of the “Yugen Trio” which has received several prizes in many prestigious competitions.

Juan Maria Raso Llaras

Juan Maria Raso Llaras is a cellist dedicated to Chamber music and whose talent and dedication led him to meet the greatest musicians in Europe.

In his early period of studies he recorded the Variations of an Slovak theme from Bohulsav Martinu and won the scholarship competition Ibercaja. His great interest in playing in a small ensemble, and with the support of the Quiroga Quartett“ he joined the Klimt Quartet with whom he has received several prizes for example: “80 Concurso juventudes Musicales de España“ or “El Primer Palau” 2014 among others.

After his cello studies in Spain with Alfredo García and Fernando Arias, he moved to Berlin in order to work intensely in the field of chamber music with Eberhard Feltz. With this rich experience and his desire for improving his skills he began his Masters in Cello in Nürnberg and with the support of Markus Wagner, Wenn Sinn Yang and Dirk Mommertz, finished his degree with honours. 

Within this period he received the “Daad Preis” and became finalist in the competition
“Eva Pirazzi Stiftung”.

Looking for a new way of playing he received baroque lessons from Jan Kunkel, Amandine Beyer and Oliver Fourés. The influence of renowned musicians such as Eberhard Feltz, Cuarteto Casals and Eckart Runge helped him improve his skills in the field of chamber music. 

Since 2018 Juan Raso plays with the “Yugen Trio” which has received several international prizes and with which he regularly gives concerts in Japan and Germany.

 Presently he combines this activity with his work in teaching.