Junko Nojima has been a collaborative pianist at the University of California, Irvine, since 2005. She received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University and her Bachelors of Music and Bachelor of Science from UC Irvine. Her principal teachers include Edmund Battersby, Willem Van Overeem, and Erika Chary. She is the recipient of various competitions and awards, including first prize in the Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Piano Festival Competition, and an honorable prize in the International Piano Recording Competition. She has also been recognized with such awards as the JACL Aiko Susanna Hiratsuka Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship and the Marion and Eubie Blake Music Scholarship during her studies at Indiana University.
She has made solo appearances in the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival and has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States and has performed in various international music festivals. In 2008, Ms. Nojima was a soloist at the Beijing Conservatory in a celebration concert for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Prior to joining UCI, she was a staff pianist for the Young Violinist and Cellist Programs at Indiana University and was a collaborative pianist and instructor at Santa Ana College.