Rieko Aizawa, Piano


Praised by the NY Times for her ?impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing?, Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and Vienna's Konzerthaus.

On the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Rieko was brought to the attention of the conductor, Alexander Schneider when she was 13 years old. Mr. Schneider engaged her at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall; later that year, he presented her in her U.S. début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice.

Rieko is also an active chamber musician. The youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has also performed as a guest with string quartets such as the Guarneri Quartet and the Orion Quartet. She is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize-winning duo, Prism. Rieko became Artistic Director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.

In 2005, Rieko?s solo debut recording of Scriabin?s and Shostakovich?s ?24 Preludes? was released by Altus in Japan, and her second album of Messiaen's and Faure's preludes is coming out this season.

Rieko was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute, where she was awarded the Rachmaninoff Prize. She also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin at the Juilliard School. She lives in New York City with her husband, violinist, Jesse Mills, and is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Rieko is a Steinway Artist.