"I have studied under Yukimi for three years (during my LaGuardia years and this summer), and I can say confidently that my skills have grown tremendously from her. I learned skills and literature that I thought were never possible to accomplish. From the first day that I sat down at a piano in front of her in the fall of 2011, I could tell that my journey as a musician was going to flourish and that I was going to be pushed to the maximum. I needed someone who could push me and motivate me to bring out the best pianist in me, and she was the best teacher.
The benefits of the tough love and disciplined training that I have received from Yukimi over the past few years are ineffable. Some teachers teach with half a heart, some teach even with absolutely NO heart; however, Yukimi taught me with full presence and heart. She taught me more than just how to play the piano—she taught me about learning, about expressing, and about LIFE. Of course, her tips and methods are priceless. She never ceases to amaze me with her piano skills; every time I see and hear her play in performances and demonstrations, it gives me the motivation and inspiration that I need to perform whole-heartedly and musically. I would not be where I am today without her effort and love."