Yuko Araya was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1959. His first piano studies began at the age of
six. In 1978, he entered Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo where he studied with Kazuko
Abe and Kyoko Okayama. In 1981, he made his professional concert debut in Sapporo, then
the following year received both his Bachelor of Arts degree and the music teacher's
certificate of Japan.
Mr. Araya came to the United States in 1982, where he entered the University of North
Texas in 1983, as a piano student of Joseph Banowetz, who is an internationally known
concert pianist, author and recording artist. He also studied with Larry Walz and Jack Guerry
In 1987 he was awarded his Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the University of
North Texas. He has completed all the course works about Doctor of Musical Arts degree
In 1994, he studied for one half year at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. With
Igor Lebedev, the coordinator of the piano department, and Valerie Gensler, he
emphasized the 19th Century Russian piano music - both in performance technique and style.
During his residency at the University of North Texas, Mr. Araya has won numerous
scholarships and teaching fellowships including the Silvio and Isabel Scionti Award and the Pi
Kappa Lambda Award. In 1982, he was invited to write an article for the Journal of Piano
Teachers National Association of Japan. Mr. Araya has performed widely as recitalist in Japan
and the United States.
After living in the US for 22 years, Mr. Araya moved his studio to Tokyo, Japan, in 2004.
4/24/90: Competitive Music Scholarship at University of North Texas
4/14/89: Competitive Music Scholarship at University of North Texas
5/6/88: Henry and Marcelle Huberman Piano Scholarship at University of North Texas
4/23/87: Robert J. Rogers Piano Scholarship at University of North Texas
3/15/86: Teaching Fellowship at University of North Texas
5/27/85: A. L. Putman Piano Scholarship at University or North Texas
5/14/84: Music Service Award at University of North Texas
4/17/84: Silvio and Isabel Scionti Piano Scholarship at University of North Texas