Described as “ a fine clarinetist with lovely tone and impressive musicality” (Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare Magazine) and “beautiful phrasing and tone”
(Justin Stanley, The Clarinet), Hawaii born artist Melanie Yukumoto proves to be “an exemplary clarinetist, her superb control everywhere evident” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine).
Melanie Yukumoto formerly held the position of second and bass clarinet with the Oregon Ballet Theatre from 2011-2023. She also served as third, bass and Utility Clarinet with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra since 2012. An avid performer, Ms. Yukumoto has worked with various orchestras and chamber groups in North America and Japan.
Ms. Yukumoto received her Master’s Degree in clarinet performance from Rice University and her Bachelor’s Degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Primary studies were with Michael Webster, Thomas Legrand, and Fred Ormand. She has also participated in numerous masterclasses involving Charles Neidich, Frank Cohen, Ricardo Morales, Yehuda Gilad, Mark Nuccio, and Steve Williamson among others.
In 2015, Ms. Yukumoto released on the Equilibrium label her first recording for solo and chamber music for clarinet “Kansha.” Music is available for download and purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and various major retailers.