Junko Yamamoto was born in Japan and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of three.
She has an extensive repertoire, ranging from Bach to Today's contemporary Composer. She also improvises piano music as a performer with the artistic name"Poppy".
Chamber music plays an important role in her artistic life, working with many of the world’s leading artists, including Eduard Brunner, Barry Snyder, Rohan De Saram, Eiichi Chijiiwa, Manuel Zurria, Helena Bosshart, Felix Renggli, both in recital and on disc.
Also she devotes much time to projects involving diverse art forms (literature, calligraphy, dance, videoarts, speak-theatre, etc).
Junko Yamamoto is the initiator and founder of "ensemble cross.art".
She has collaborated with more than 50 composers and artists from 22 countries.
The "ensemble cross.art" is invited to give concerts in Festival Bienal Música Hoje Curitiba, Sinuston Festival, Festival New Music Week, among others.
They give lectures and workshops at many Universities on the world including Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, National University of Ireland in Maynooth and the University College Cork, Wits University Johannesburg, University Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, Universidade Federal do Paraná.
Through new ways of communication the ensemble tries to attract new audiences, creating interactive performances of music, images and words.
For the project “ohren augen” (“ears eyes”), the ensemble cross.art received the prize for the most distinguished concert of the Experimental Sound, Art & Performance Festival Tokyo and Phoenix Evolution Award Osaka.
Junko Yamamoto is winner of such as the special prize for the best performer for spanish contemporary music with the „Xavier Montsalvatge Competition“ in Spain, first prize with the piano concerto competition of ensemble Kanazawa.
The pianist is frequently invited to perform at many international festivals – recently Strasbourg International Music Festival “Le festival musica” in France,
“Bartok International Festival” in Hungary, Misicarama Festival in Hong Kong, “Takefu International Music Festival” in Japan.
Over the course of her career she worked with leading figures such as Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Eötvös, Toshio Hosokawa, Teodoro Anzelotti, Mario Caroli.
Her music performances have been broadcasted by Südwestrundfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk, NHK (Japan), the Hungarian Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ORF, among others.