Rieko was born on September
17th, 1994 in Japan. She listened to her big sister Mayumi’s classical piano
music since she was born! Mayumi’s piano playing was her lullaby.
She became a student of classical
piano at the age of 3 with Ankie
Foell in Madison, WI. Her first public performance was also that
same year, she played "Fur Elise" by Beethoven. In 1999 her family
relocated to San Francisco to enable her to advance her piano studies at
Francisco Conservatory of Music; where she was a student of Machiko
Kobialka and is presently a student of John McCarthy the Director of the
has performed and participated in many master classes Internationally, among
The internationally famous, Pianist Recording Artist,
in San Francisco
Prof./Pianist Meng-Chieh Lui, Curtis Music Institute, PA in San Francisco
Pianist Recording Artist/Prof. Dr. Stephen Swedish in San Francisco
Prof./Pianist Nelita True, Eastman School of Music, NY in San Francisco
Prof. Nador at the Liszt Music Institute in Hungary
Prof. Jozef Stompel at the Musical Academy in Katowice
Prof./Conductor Kaneshige at the Univ. of Mie, Japan
Prof./Pianist Michael Boyd of the Univ. of Toledo in
Pianist/Recording Artist Paul Roberts; is a Fellow
of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
of London in San Francisco
She has numerous "firsts" already in her young life, notable among
California State Solo Piano
Teachers’ Association of California, MTAC, Division II:
ages 13 - 15
prize in the Ross McKee Piano Competition. Impressive too that she was
prize in the
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.
The winners recital was held at Carnegie Hall in New York
the El Camino Youth Symphony Competition and will perform with their Symphony
Orchestra in the 2009/2010 season.
the Piano Prize in the
Mondavi Young Artists' Competition
for musicians age 14-18. She was the youngest participant.
won the first-of-its-kind “Classical Star Search” competition, a
production of San Francisco Bay Area radio station Classical 102.1 KDFC.
on National Public Radio's
"From the Top" it aired nationally
won "the Piano Prize" in the "Second Annual Mondavi Center Young
piano trio "The Stemari Trio" won 1st in
the "MTAC VOCE" (California
State Ensemble Competition) Stella Chan
- violin, Mariko Wyrick - cello
Rieko won both State Piano Competitions.
She is the first solo pianist to have won both state competitions in the
The MTNA/CAPMT "Honors Auditions" State piano competition and
the MTAC State Piano Solo Competition.
She also won the "10th Annual San
Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists"
2004 - At age 9 she again performed at the “Junior
Bach”, she played the entire French Suite No.6 in E Major. Her performance
earned her high praise from many and a wonderful complement from a piano
teacher in the audience, “I have never ever heard such a beautiful French
Suite in my life. She is just 9 years old….she is just amazing.” You
can actually see and hear this performance on the “Our
2003 - While only 8 she was a
prizewinner in the International Chopin Piano Competition of Asia.
At age 6 she was the youngest pianist
ever invited to perform in the history of the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley, Ca (in the 25
years they have records for).
That same year at age 6 she won the MTAC
Piano competition in San Francisco, while age 6 is “Elementary” she was moved
to the next category “Intermediate” where she won.
Performances of note - to see
a comprehensive listing please visit the
Concert Schedules section of our
website under "Recent Performances"
appointed the Principal Pianist for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, SFSYO
Represented the Preparatory of The San Francisco Conservatory in its' Gala honoring Gordon Getty.
The stage of luminaries included opera superstars Kiri Te Kanawa and Frederica von Stade.
In Carnegie Hall, New York City as a 1st prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.
Liszt Society, San Francisco Chapter
With the San Francisco Symphony Youth
Orchestra in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
In the Steinway Society Young Artist
Concert at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, CA
In a concert hosted by Pacific Musical
Society's President, Dita Pepin,
"A Temporary Farewell to St.
Helena Catholic Church".
In the Piano Sisters 2nd ANNUAL
CONSERVATORY CONCERT at the San Francisco Conservatory of
Pacific Union presents
"Concerts at the Presidio" at the Golden
Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco
2005 - she performed as a guest soloist for the Smuin Christmas Ballet
to a capacity crowd at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
She also performed at the inaugural “Pacific Union’s Concerts at the Presidio”
and has played in many of their concerts since that time.
One of only four students selected to play for a special San Francisco
Conservatory of Music, SFCM “Capital Campaign”
event for the building of the new SFCM.
She has also played at the "Yehudi
Menuin Chamber Music Seminar in June".
Rieko is currently in the
10th grade at Tamalpais High School in
Mill Valley, Ca. Besides music,
she enjoys reading, swimming, and mountain biking.