Yoko Reikano Kimura and Ralph Samuelson to Perform at CRS

Four Seasons in New York — Gems of Japanese Music — Vol. 23

Sunday, April 17 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Center for Remembering and Sharing (CRS) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

Admission: $35

Enjoy the beauty of Japanese music and the spring at the Four Seasons in New York concert series.

About the Event

Koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura began this concert series in the fall of 2015. As a Japanese instrumentalist, she hopes to introduce the brilliance of traditional Japanese music, which is still being passed on to future generations after many centuries. Since the first concert, Kimura has introduced more than 50 works from the classical repertoire.

The spring concert will be in person. Special guest Ralph Samuelson, a kinko-style shakuhachi performer, will join the concert.


“Haru no Uta” (Song of Spring) – Kin’ichi Nakanoshima, composer
“Yuya” – Yamada-kengyo, composer


Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto
Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi


Tickets are $35 and include wagashi sweets prepared by mochi-Rin.

To purchase tickets, please send an email to info@yokoreikanokimura.com. Include your name and the number of tickets you wish to purchase. Pay cash only at the venue on the day of the concert. Seating is limited, so please make a reservation in advance.

Safety Protocols

All visitors must show proof of full vaccination and a photo ID and wear a mask at all times. For more information, please visit CRS’s website.

About Yoko Reikano Kimura

Yoko Reikano Kimura has concertized in about 20 countries around the world based in New York and Japan. The New York Times described her playing and singing as “superb.”

Her awards include the First Prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition, the First Prize at the 4th Great Wall International Music Competition, and a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan. Following her studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts, she studied at Institute of Traditional Japanese Music, an affiliate of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan, where she was a faculty member until 2010. Her teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata, and Senko Yamabiko, a Living National Treasure.

As a koto soloist, Kimura has performed Daron Hagen’s Koto Concerto: Genji with the Wintergreen Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and several string quartets. In 2021, Kimura gave the Japan premiere performance of Hagen’s concerto with the string members of New Japan Philharmonic. Her performances have featured at renowned opera and theater works, such as Michi Wiancko’s Murasaki’s Moon, Piestro Mascagni’s Iris by American Symphony Orchestra, Yokoshi Yasuko’s Bell, Basil Twist’s Dogugaeshi, and Heiner Goebbels’ Hashirigaki.

Kimura has performed at prestigious venues such as Warsaw Autumn Festival, Israel Festival, Nova Arts in Bordeaux, John F. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum, the United Nations, Japan Society, and Asia Society Texas Center.

Kimura is the co-founder of Duo YUMENO with cellist Hikaru Tamaki. The duo received the Kyoto Aoyama Barock Saal Award in 2015 and were featured at Chamber Music America’s 2016 National Conference. The duo held its tenth anniversary recital at Carnegie Hall in 2019.