Rieko Tsuchida, age 17, was
born in Japan and began her piano studies at age 3 with Ankie Foell in Madison,
Wisconsin. In 1999 Rieko relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is
currently a scholarship student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at
the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Rieko
was the youngest of eight pianists selected from around the world to participate
in the prestigious Verbier Festival 2011 in Switzerland last summer, where she
worked with pianists Stephen Kovacevich and Ferenc Rados and received master
classes with artists such as Gabor Takács-Nagy, Masaaki Suzuki, Lera Auerbach,
and Lawrence Power. Rieko has also studied with Andre Watts, Klaus Hellwig and
Boris Slutsky during the summer and performed in a master class for Lang Lang.
Rieko gave her first public
performance at the age of 3, and has since performed at international venues as
a soloist, chamber musician and Principal Keyboardist of the San Francisco
Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2011 she made her professional debut with the
California Symphony at a sold out concert, performing the Tchaikovsky 1st Piano
Concerto with Belgian conductor Ronald Zollman. In 2009 she made her Carnegie
Hall debut as first prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano
Competition, and that same year performed with the El Camino Youth Symphony
Orchestra as grand prize winner of the ECYS Concerto Competition.
In 2010 she performed with the Rochester Philharmonic in
New York and presented recitals throughout the Netherlands as the youngest
participant of The International Holland Music Sessions. Rieko has appeared in a
joint program with opera stars Placido Domingo at the San Francisco Museum of
the Modern Art and with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Frederica Von Stade at the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music's "Annual Gala Concert." Additionally Rieko has
performed to a capacity audience at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San
Francisco at the invitation of the Smuin Ballet, and on the nationally broadcast
radio show "From the Top" at Herbst Theatre.
Rieko has won numerous
awards in recent years. In 2011 she won the Avanti Award, a generous grant
awarded to artists of any age pursuing a career in the visual or performing
arts. She was also recently named a finalist for the Youngarts program of the
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. As one of 150 finalists
selected out of 5,000 applicants she participated in Youngarts week in Miami,
Florida, working with renowned artists and performing at the New World Center.
She was also one of five pianists in the U.S. nominated as a U.S. Presidential
Scholar in the Arts through the Youngarts program. Notable prizes include first
prizes in the San Francisco Young Pianists’ Competition 2011, the 2010
California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, 2009 Bradshaw and Buono
International Piano Competition, the 2009 Ross McKee Piano Competition, the 2009
MTAC State Solo Competition, the 2009 El Camino Symphony Concerto Competition
and the 2008 KDFC Classical Star Search, for which Lang Lang was a guest judge.
Rieko also won 3rd prize in the International Institute for Young Musicians’
International Piano Competition (2009), and first prize in the San Francisco
Chopin Piano Competition (2005). In 2003 Rieko was the youngest prizewinner in
the Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia.
Recently she was invited to participate in the Oxford
Philomusica International Piano Festival and Summer Academy, where she will
receive masterclasses with artists such as Menahem Pressler and Sergei Babayan.
is currently a senior at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. In the fall she
will continue her studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins
University, studying with Boris Slutsky.