Radek Baborak and Yoko Kikuchi first met in 2006 when recording for Exton with The Afflatus Quintet. Their decision to perform also as a duo was catalysed by the fact that Yoko has resettled to Berlin where Radek at the time was residing as a horn soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

In 2009 they started to rehearse an equity repertoire for the horn and piano (Sonata F-major, op.17 by Beethoven, Adagio & Allegro by Schumann, Sonatas 1939 and 1943 by Hindemit, and the Horn trio E-flat, op. 40) and collaterally they worked up a number of transcriptions that enrich and broaden the interpretative, sound and technical potentialities of the horn-piano duo (Sonata for viola da gamba and cembalo by Bach, Sonata #4 C-major for cello and piano by Beethoven, also Beethoven’s Sonata #27/2 Veranderung in Klebe’s adaptation for horn and piano, the Fantasy Piece and Romancies by Schumann, and Sonata #1 E-minor for cello and piano by Brahms…) The Kukuchi-Baborak Duo’s abundant repertoire abounds with compositions of all eras and genres.

In 2011 they recorded two debut albums for Exton – one a collection of works by French composers of likes as Saint-Saens, Dukas, Bozza Francaix and others, the second comprises of Beethoven’s Sonatas.

Yoko Kikuchi was born in Japan in 1977 and 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,in 2003 she had diploma with Master.

She won first prize at 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 by Ivor Bolton at the Mozart Matinee of the Salzburg Festival.
She has performed with conductor Gerd Albrecht, Laurence Foster, Alexsander Dmitriev, Hubert Soudant ,Ivor Bolton ,HK Gruber,Gunter Pichiler, 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,Yip wing-sie and others,

Yoko Kikuchi 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.

In May 2008 she performed with Ensemble Wien Berlin, in November 2006 tour with Afflatus Quintet and in May 2005 performed with Leipzig Quartet.
Her debut CD Mozart Album: Piano Concerto no.21& Piano Sonata no.KV331 Alla turca was awarded the 18th Music PenClub Prize's "Best Recording by a Japanese Artist" in 2006.
In 2007 she won 'Idemitsu Awards'
In addition,she also participated in several music festival such as Mozart-Matinee of Salzburg Festival ,Schloss Eggenberg concert series in Austria, Sintra Festival, Madeira Festival, Leiria Festival in Portugal, Settembre Musica in Torino ,Maggio musicale Fiorentino in Firenze.<< Back