Born in Osaka, Japan, Dr. Eri Yoshimura earned a music education degree from Shinshu University before moving to Denton, Texas. There, she obtained Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas under Dr. Pamela Mia Paul with a related field in Music and Medicine under Dr. Kris Chesky.
Dr. Yoshimura’s scholarly research has focused on understanding and preventing piano-related medical problems. Her research papers were published in the Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal 2006 and 2008 and in the MTNA E-journal 2009. The latest focused on the possible application of an ergonomically modified keyboard (a narrower-sized keyboard) for reducing piano-related pain among small-handed pianists. Her performance on the 15/16-sized keyboard in April 2006 marked its concert premiere. She has been invited to perform on this special keyboard and presented her research in conferences at Aspen (PAMA), Chicago (NCKP), Serbia (EPTA) and England (RNCM). She won the research scholarship in 2008 and was featured in the university homepage/magazine and regional TV news reports and radio. She is currently using the 7/8-sized keyboard to teach her students.
Dr. Yoshimura has played solo and four-hands performances in the USA (including Hawaii), Italy, Austria, Japan, Mexico, and Hungary (Franz Liszt International Festival). In addition to performing, she was a teaching fellow at UNT and has taught the group and private piano lessons. She was a regular guest lecturer for a large undergraduate course at UNT called: Occupational Health - Lessons from Music