Yoshiaki Ko has not only had an impressive start to his business career but has seen tremendous success as a pianist on the international stage.
Yoshi is currently an Associate at Pomona Capital, a global, value-oriented private equity firm specializing in secondary investing. Yoshi formerly worked in the investment banking division at Citi and has passed all three levels of the CFA exams.
A classically trained pianist, Yoshi began his musical studies at an early age in Japan and then went on to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Helen Wong. Yoshi’s extraordinary musical acumen led him to move to Germany in 2008 to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover, with the renowned professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. In 2010, Yoshi was accepted to The Juilliard School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and received his Master of Music degree.
Yoshi has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in North America, Europe, and Asia, and was featured as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Jugendsinfonieorchester (Dornbirn, Austria) and the Peninsula Symphony (San Francisco, CA). Yoshi has received top honors in many piano competitions, including First Prize at the PianoArts North American Competition, First Prize at the 6th Annual Chopin Competition at Columbia University, and a semi-finalist in the Yamaha e-Piano Competition. Yoshi was also a recipient of grants from the National Chopin Foundation’s Scholarship fund for Young Americans between 2007 and 2009. Prior to Juilliard, Yoshi graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience as salutatorian of his class.
Yoshi is deeply committed to furthering education and audience engagement in the performing arts, and currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Lincoln Center Young Patrons.