Japan-born Junko Ueno Garrett has captivated audiences around the world with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique, and wide range of repertoire. She began playing piano at the age of three, trained at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rice University in the United States. Junko received “The Japanese Consul General’s Award” for her contributions to international relations and understanding between countries. She was chosen to tour to celebrate the 150 years of the US-Japan relationship and the 125 years of the Brazil-Japan relationship.

She is a versatile musician, active as an internationally acclaimed performer, an avid chamber musician, a concert producer, a music educator and mentor, and a competition adjudicator. In Los Angeles, she is an artistic coordinator of  “Third@First Concert Series” ( where she produces concerts monthly and performs frequently. She appears as a guest artist at LA Phil’s chamber music concerts and this season she will be performing Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in March, 2024. She is a frequent performer at Music at Noon series, and KOT concert series. In the 2023-24 season, she is concentrating with Chopin’s music, performing and recording. In 2024, She will be performing all Chopin program in LA in February, in Madrid in May, and Tokyo in July. Details at Calendar section. 

Recent international appearances include “Fêtes Corréziennes En Musique” in France in August of 2021, Germany in July of 2022, “Kawai Pause” in Tokyo in November of 2022, “Kawai Briller” in Hamamatsu, Japan in July of 2023. She founded “Piano Camp for Adult Players: Piano Adore” in Japan and the 1st camp was held successfully in July of 2023. The 2nd camp will be in July, 2024. 

Junko launched a weekly piano lesson video in Japanese on Youtube in July of 2020, and has been receiving much acclaim and gaining many viewers. Her lessons and performances are on YouTube@junkouenogarrett3509. She enjoys sharing blogs and photos at her social media. 

She is a president of Pasadena Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and a frequent adjudicator for MTNA, CAPMT, MTAC, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and SouthWestern Youth Music Festival. Junko holds a faculty position at Occidental College, and is a coach for Junior Chamber Music. She is a Kawai Artist and lives in Los Angeles. Junko is a passionate Sumo advocate and a founder of the Los Angeles Sumo Fan Club. Sumo Fan Club meets during each Sumo tournament. 

Under the culture exchange program of the Japan Foundation, Japanese Embassies and Consul Generals of Japan, she has toured South and Central America in 2018, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, and 1999, including Brazil (Mozart Concerto No. 23 with Orquestra de EMBAP), Venezuela (Saint-Saens Concerto No. 2 with Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela under Alfredo Rugeles), Ecuador (Chopin Concerto No. 2 with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Ecuador under Medardo Caisabanda), Colombia’s Teatro Colón and Boyacá International Cultural Festival, Rio de Janeiro’s Museu da Musica at Mosteiro de Sao Bento, Brazil-Curitiba’s Capela Santa Maria, Argentina’s Teatro Gran Rex, Brasilia’s Teatro da Caixa, Peru’s Sociedad Filarmonica, Uruguay’s Auditorio Carlos Vaz Ferreira and Teatro Miguel Young, Costa Rica’s Teatro Eugene O’Neill, El Salvador’s Teatros Nacionals des San Salvador and Santa Ana, Cuba’s Basilica Menor del Convento, Chile’s Centro Cultural Las Condes, and Mexico City. In 2018 and 2016 she toured the East Coast and Midwest of the U. S. under the Japan Foundation’s culture program.

Her other engagements include performances at Radio France; Fêtes Corréziennes en Musique, Musique de Chambre; Le Chateau de Sedieres; Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center; New York’s UN, Charles Wang Center and Flushing Town Hall; Boston’s Berklee College; San Francisco’s Japan Center; Kansas City’s Carlsen Center; Denver’s King Academic Performing Arts Center; Salt Lake City’s Libby Gardner Concert Hall; Tampa’s Carrollwood Cultural Center; Georgia’s Falany Performing Arts Center; Houston’s Texas Music Festival; Tucson; Indiana; Fairbanks; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Idaho Falls; Shreveport…. In the summers of 2009 and 2007, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, Junko toured in Japan as part of the Belrose Duo, performing and lecturing on American music. Other activities include concert tours to India introducing Western Music to Indian audiences. She often gives masterclasses where she performs, and gives recitals at universities.




Very Impressive.. とても感動的・・

Impresso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ブラジル・インプレッソ紙)

Perfect Technique, Beautiful, Most Delicate... 完璧な演奏、美しく、とてもデリケート・・

Noticiero del Plata, Argentina (アルゼンチン・ノテイシエロ紙)

Elegantly Played, Deeply Thought… エレガントな演奏、そして深い解釈・・

La Nacion, Argentina (アルゼンチン・ラナシオ紙)

Committed and Virtuoso…. 芸術への献身・・・

San Antonio Express, USA (サンアントニオ・エクスプレス)

She Has Great Technique and Musical Ability 彼女は、優れたテクニックと音楽性の持ち主・・

El Tiempo, Colombia (コロンビア・エルテイエンポ紙)

A Great Artist and a Beautiful Expression… 優れた芸術家、そして豊かな表現・・

Ussel, France (フランス・ウゼル紙)

Technically Very Strong, Elegant Interpretation, Lyrical and Virtuoso.. 優れたテクニック、エレガントな解釈、美しく、そして完成度が高い・・・

La Prensa, Argentina (アルゼンチン・ラプレンサ紙)

An Artist of Exceptional Talent and Skill.. 特別な才能とテクニックを持つ芸術家

La Montagne, France (フランス・モンターニュ紙)