Born in Tokyo, she received piano lessons from Ikuko Yamaguchi, Yasuko Kubota and Prof. Atsuko Jinzai.
She was a young student at the Toho Gakuen Music School with Kyoko Ohashi, before continuing her musical training at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Martin Hughes and Prof. Rainer Becker.
After her completing her diploma in Berlin, she continued her studies with Prof. Robert Benz at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, completing her graduate recital with distinction.
This was followed by master courses with Prof. Bernhard Wambach, Prof. Théodore Paraskivesco, Prof. Bernard Ringeissen, Prof. Hiroko Nakamura, Prof. Sergio Perticaroli, Prof. Jaques Rouvier, Prof. John O'Conor and Prof. Oxana Yablonskaya and Bruno Leonardo Gelber. She has won prizes at several competitions, such as at international piano competitions in Wittenberg, Rome, Calabria, Epinal, Barcelona, and with chamber music at the Brahms competition in Pörtschach.
Yukako Morikawa gives numerous solo and chamber music concerts both at home and abroad. As a soloist, she regularly appears in concert with the "sinfonie orchester berlin", and since 2000 she has played more than 15 concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic. She is also a popular chamber music pianist in various orchestrations, and has appeared at various music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She has made recordings for the German radio stations NDR, HR, SWR, and the Swiss radio station DRS2.
Yukako Morikawa often works as an accompanist for competitions and master courses with outstanding artists such as Antje Weithaas, Ana Chumachenco, Christian Tetzlaff, Stephan Picard and Mark Gothoni. Currently she is a guest lecturer for correpetition at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and arts specialist at the Berlin University of the Arts. She currently lectures at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main.