Born in Japan in 1977, Yoko Kikuchi studied with Kiyoko Tanaka in Japan.
In 1996 she moved to Italy where she studied piano with Franco Scala, Antonio Ballista, and Fortepiano with Stefano Fiuzzi at the "Incontri col Maestro"International Piano Academy in Imola. 2003, she was awarded with her master's diploma.
She won first prize at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg on January 2002. In August 2003, she gave two acclaimed performances of Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under the direction of Ivor Bolton at the Mozart Matinee of the Salzburg Festival.
She has performed with renowned conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Lawrence Foster, Alexsander Dmitriev, Hubert Soudant, Ivor Bolton, HK Gruber, Günter Pichler, Dennis Russell Davis, Christian Arming, Pedro Halffter, Christian Mandeal, Anton Nanut, Hanns Martin Schneidt, Saulis Sondeckis, Erich Binder, Golo Berg, ,Junichi Hirokami, Tadaaki Odaka, Seikyo Kim and Yip wing-sie, amongst others
She has performed with Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,Robert-Schumann Philharmonie of Chemnitz, Camerata Virtuosi of New York, l'Hellas Orchestra of Patrasso, Sloveni Radio Television Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra,Tokyo Symphony Orchestra,Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestra Ensemble l'Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicale di Milano, l'Orchestra da camera di Mantova, la Sicilia Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestra "Haydn"di Bolzano, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and others.
Highlights were performances with Leipzig Quartet in May 2005, a tour with the Afflatus Quintet in November 2006, and performances with Ensemble Wien Berlin in May 2008.
Her debut CD with Mozart's Piano Concerto no.21 & Piano Sonata KV 331 Alla turca was awarded the 18th Music PenClub Prize's "Best Recording by a Japanese Artist" in 2006.
In 2007 she won the 'Idemitsu Awards'.
In addition,she also participated in several music festival such as Mozart-Matinee of Salzburg Festival, the Schloss Eggenberg concert series in Austria, Sintra Festival, Madeira Festival, Leiria Festival in Portugal, Settembre Musica in Torino, Maggio musicale Fiorentino in Firenze and Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival.