Yoko Kikuchi was born in Japan where she studied with Kiyoko Tanaka.
In 1996 she moved to Italy and she studied piano with Franco Scala, Antonio Ballista and Fortepiano with Stefano Fiuzzi at the "Incontri col Maestro"International Piano Academy in Imola.
In 2002 she won first prize at International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, since then she has performed with major orchestra in Asia and in Europe.
She has performed with many conductors including Laurence Foster ,Gerd Albrecht, Dennis Russell Davis, Eiji Oue, Ivor Bolton,Alexsander Dmitriev, HK Gruber ,Hubert Soudant, Günter Pichiler, Pedro Halffter, Christian Mandeal, Saulis Sondeckis, Christian Arming, ,Alexander Dmitriev ,among others.
She has performed with Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg,Gulbenkian Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra,Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra da camera di Mantova,Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicale di Milano,Chamber Orchestra of Auvergne, Orchestra "Haydn"di Bolzano e Trento,Nuremberger Symphoniker , Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonic Konstanz, Robert-Schumann Philharmonie di Chemnitz,Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau, Camerata Virtuosi of New York, Slovenia Radio Television Orchestra, Hellas Orchestra di Patrasso,Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra , Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra,Japan Philarmonic Orchestra ,Osaka Philarmonic Orchestra Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and others
Yoko Kikuchi's love of chamber music has led her to collaborate with many other musicians including Ensemble Wien Berlin, Philarmonic String Quintet Berlin ,Leipzig Quartet , Radek Baborak.,Daniele Damiano,Michael Collins.
Her debut CD Mozart Album was awarded the 18th Music PenClub Prize's "Best Recording by a Japanese Artist" .
In 2007 she won 'Idemitsu Awards'
In addition,she also participated in several music festivals such as Mozart-Matinee of Salzburg Festival ,Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival ,Red Sea classical Music Festival, Bodensee Festival ,St.Ursanne Piano Festival,,Sintra Festival, Madeira Festival, Leiria Festival in Portogallo,Settembre Musica of Torino ,Maggio musicale Fiorentino of Florence, Mittelfest of Udine,Emilia Romagna Festival ,Palermo Festival and others in Italy