Praised by the New York Times for an “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing,” Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including New York City’s Lincoln Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Wigmore Hall in London.
At the age of thirteen, Aizawa was brought to the attention of conductor Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Schneider engaged Aizawa as soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall. Later that year, Schneider presented her in her United States début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice.
An active chamber musician, Rieko Aizawa is the youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival; she has performed as a guest with string quartets such as the Guarneri and Orion Quartets; and she is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and the prize-winning Duo Prism. Since 2010 Aizawa had been the artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado.Recently, Aizawa’s solo debut recording of Scriabin’s and Shostakovich’s “24 Preludes” was released by Altus in Japan, and her second album of Messiaen and Fauré preludes is soon to be released.
Rieko Aizawa was the last pupil of Mieczysław Horszowski at the Curtis Institute. She also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin at the Juilliard School. Aizawa is on the faculty at Bard College Conservatory of Music and at Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. Ms. Aizawa is a Steinway Artist.