Pianist Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio was born in Hamamatsu, Japan, and began her career as pianist while studying at the Toho High School of Music. After winning third prize in the All-Japan Student Music Competition, she gave concerts throughout Japan.
She received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Toho Gakuen School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Piano performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. During that time, she won the soloist competition and played with the NEC Orchestra.
She appeared on WGBH in Boston and performances on WFMT in Chicago. She has performed as a collaborator with professors of Northwestern University and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In her career, she has performed over 200 pieces for brass and woodwind. Currently, Yamada-Selvaggio performs as a collaborating pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.