a REVOLUTIONARY VIOLINIST & COMPOSER OF ELECTRONIC CLASSICAL MUSIC
In a nutshell; a solo violinist writing and releasing her own original music, a dynamic performer having taken to some of the worlds most prolific stages, one third of Ghost Harmonic and a music composer for film, TV, commercial, video games and special projects.
violinist and composer
Diana Yukawa has released 5 solo albums with Sony Music, BMG and the violinist’s own indie label, Longbody Music.
The solo violinist released her debut album with BMG RCA at age 14 and she was acknowledged as one of the country’s top 10 artists. Following her second release a year later, Diana decided she wanted to write and perform her own original music – and this passion has captivated her in equal measures to being a solo violinist and performer ever since.
Diana was born in Tokyo just 3 weeks after the 1985 Japan Airlines disaster that took her father’s life. At not more than a few months old, Diana then moved to London where she has lived ever since. She began learning the violin at 5 years of age and Diana had the great privilege of studying with the late, great master, Ruggiero Ricci, as well as such distinguished Professors as Maurice Hasson, Hu Kun, Rodney Friend and Natasha Boyarsky.
Through her colourful career to date, the half English, half Japanese violinist has performed solo at some of the world’s most auspicious venues - recently dazzling audiences at Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Place Des Arts, Burj Dubai and to a sold-out Hollywood Bowl, to name a few.
Diana is also a keen collaborator and has worked with Craig Armstrong, Jeff Beck, Nitin Sawhney, John Foxx as well as some of the worlds greatest Orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber and BBC Concert Orchestra. Diana has also featured as a special guest for various TV shows including MTV’s Coke Studio, Blue Peter and PBS.
Diana demonstrates that the violin is a diverse instrument captivating event goers with her powerful performance and through her original compositions has created a refreshing, electronic classical sound that enthralls audiences all over the world.
“My goal is to create music that connects with listeners. I want my music to evoke emotions… it's really as simple as that.”
“Many artists that have influenced me, from Fritz Kreisler to Radiohead. Also artists like Craig Armstrong, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Massive Attack have been real inspirations for me – I believe in making music that is timeless.”
Ghost Harmonic is the new group comprising of three pioneers on the Electronic music scene; electronic innovator John Foxx and his collaborator in John Foxx & The Maths, Benge and solo violinist Diana Yukawa.
The trio have been working at Benge’s MemeTune Studios in Shoreditch, creating the Ghost Harmonic sound - a combination of the purity of Diana Yukawa’s violin with the complexity and textured noise of analogue machinery.
‘I feel there is a really good flow between us all’, explains Diana. ‘You never know what to expect in the beginning, creating a new dynamic between three different people but I think it’s our different backgrounds and influences that made everything come together with such fluidity.’
Production Music - Emotive keys and strings fused in an electronic classical ether.
mātu is creative duo Diana Yukawa and Producer/Composer John Rushton. With a focus to create music for film, television, commercials, video games and special events - from minimal, ambient acoustic to full orchestra recording, mātu work from realisation through to complete delivery of the piece.
Diana and John collectively have over 30 years experience and play to their individual creative talents and experience, resulting in a powerful soundtrack that enriches whilst delicately supporting the narrative.