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Rieko's piano trio, The Soleil Trio will perform on the NPR radio show "From the Top" . It will be broadcast nationally on May 3rd.


Rieko staged a Benefit Concert for the Haiti Earthquake Victims with friend and young opera tenor Jonah Hopton.

All of the donations will be sent to Haiti through the American Red Cross Society.


Rieko's trio, The Soleil Trio (Rieko - piano; Kenneth Renshaw - violin; Will Chow - cello) won 1st prize in the Chamber Ensemble Category of the Mondavi Young Artists' Competition, a statewide competition in California.


Rieko is appointed the Principal Pianist for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra SFSYO


Rieko was the guest soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony for the "Senior Symphony's 47th Season Opener Concert"  October 18th, Sunday, 2:30 pm

She will play Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 with the ECYS Senior Symphony

This honor was bestowed on her for being the Top Prize Winner in the ECYS Piano Concerto Competition.


For the event brochure, please click here Venue: Flint Center 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.



Mayumi won the MTAC California State Solo Piano Competition! MTAC, Music Teachers’ Association of California, Division III: ages 16 - 18    PRESS RELEASE CLICK HERE


Rieko won the MTAC California State Solo Piano Competition! MTAC, Music Teachers’ Association of California,  Division II: ages 13 - 15    PRESS RELEASE CLICK HERE


Rieko won 1st prize in the highly esteemed Ross McKee Piano Competition. Impressive too that she was also the youngest finalist.


Mayumi won 1st prize in the The San Francisco Young Pianists Competition


Rieko won 1st prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.  The winners recital was held in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Rieko won the El Camino Youth Symphony Competition and will perform with their Symphony Orchestra in the 2009/2010 season.


Rieko was the 1st place winner in the MTAC solo piano competition representing Northern California.  She will compete for the state finals in July.


Mayumi and Rieko both won scholarships in the Marin Music Chest competition in the senior division.


Rieko won the Piano Prize in the Mondavi Young Artists' Competition for musicians age 14-18. She was the youngest participant.


Mayumi wins the prestigious 2008 Ross McKee Foundation Piano Competition!


Rieko wins the 102.1 KDFC Classical Star Search Competition!

Click here or on the Classical Star Search logo to take you to KDFC to learn more. -- Press release is here --


Mayumi & Rieko have been chosen as semi-finalists, out of several hundred video submissions, in the KDFC Classical Star Search Competition.


Rieko, for the first time competed in the Marin Music Chest and won a scholarship. The event took place at San Anselmo’s San Domenico School Concert Hall. She will play a “Winner’s Concert” May 4th, details on the Concert Schedules page.

Mayumi in The Luna Trio plays Carnegie Hall: Sunday February 24th, Mayumi in The Luna Trio played Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was videotaped for National Public Radio's "FROM THE TOP" television show.  It will air nationally on PBS television stations later this spring.


The online edition also included a nice video of her practicing.

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Mayumi in The Luna Trio is chosen as one of 7x7 magazine's annual Hot 20 under 40!

"THE HOT 20 UNDER 40 The house is (once again) on fire, thanks to this year’s influx of movers and shakers. We don’t need no water, but you might."



                                                                    Credits: Shot on location at the SF Conservatory of Music in Hayes Valley by Kee Photography

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Rieko plays Bernard Osher 's 80th Birthday Celebration

What an honor! Rieko was chosen by Bernard Osher to play at his amazing 80th Birthday Celebration September 9th, held at SF MOMA. It was an extravagant evening filled with passion filled performances and laughter. His esteemed guests flew in from all over the world to attend. From The SF Chronicle's Leah Garchik's column. "Two young students pianist Rieko Tsuchida and cellist Tessa Seymour dazzlingly performed, followed by Adler Fellow Melody Moore, a soprano in need of a tenor for a duet. And then out of the audience came Placido Domingo, the evening's surprise guest." Wow!


Rieko on National Public Radio's new music site; "Pre-teen Pianist Inspired by Sister and Lang Lang". From the Top, September 19, 2007


August 2007 issue

Yes, that is our Rieko on the cover of Chamber Music Magazine!

July 15th - Rieko was interviewed on New Hampshire's radio WKXL Spotlight on the Arts program hosted by Jane Cormier while attending the wonderful Heifetz International Music Institute in New Hampshire; hear her at this link Radio Interview

June - Rieko performed on National Public Radio's "From the Top"

  she played Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor. The program aired nationally in October

May - Rieko won "the Piano Prize" in the "Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition"


April 2007 - Rieko's piano trio "The Stemari Trio" wins 2nd in the "MTAC VOCE" (California State Ensemble Competition) Audrey Ho - violin, Will Chow - cellist


April 2006 - Rieko's piano trio "The Stemari Trio" wins 1st in the "MTAC VOCE" (California State Ensemble Competition) Stella Chan - violin, Mariko Wyrick - cello




January 17, 2007: The internationally famous Lang Lang

gives Rieko instruction on Liszt's "La Campanella"

during a Master Class at Sherman Clay in San Francisco

2006 Mayumi wins the University of the Pacific's "Henry & Carol Zeiter Piano Competition"


Mayumi and Rieko won two out of the three age categories at “The 10th Annual San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists”!

In May, Mayumi made her radio debut on the nationally syndicated program “West Coast Live”(locally KALW 91.7) in her piano trio, “ The Luna Trio


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