Etsuko Terada


Piano Faculty and Performing Artist

Etsuko Terada  
born in Tokyo, has been  one of the leading pianist in Japan.

She studied Piano in Tokyo, later at the Hochshule fur Musik in Vienna, the Juilliard School in New York, and Indiana University, Bloomington Ind. USA

She moved back to her native country Japan after 11 years of study in abroad and has been active performer in Japan as well as Europe and USA.

In 1979, Etsuko Terada made her debut in London and since then she toured in Germany, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Bulgaria, Israel, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada and USA

Her playing tone is often described as “Beauty of Pearls” or “Technic of golden fine handcraft”

Besides playing solo recitals she often plays 4 hands and 2 piano duo concerts with her pianist husband Kikuo Watanabe and toured in many countries.

She also played chamber music concerts with world prominent players such as principal string players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amadeus String Quartet the Gewandhaus String Quartet and the Prazak Quartet etc. She was a soloist with many of world renown orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Northern Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Sophia Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, and more. Performed with Conductors, Eliahu Imbal, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir Charles Mackerras Hiroyuki Iwaki, Takashi Asahina, Akeo Watanabe, Michiyoshi Inoue, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Brian Priestman, Philippe Entremont, and more. Terada also appeared in the Prague’s Spring Festival playing Beethoven’s the Emperor Concerto with Prague Symphony Orchestra.

She appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Japan such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Century Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra and more.

At her 20th anniversary of debut in Tokyo, Terada performed series of all-Chopin program recitals across Japan, Later she performed series of 5-recitals in Tokyo entitled “Homage to Vienna” devoted to, respectively, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and the Twentieth Century Viennese Composers each concert.

For the 2009-2010 season she gave 5- recital series in Tokyo dedicated to Chopin and Schumann’s 200 years anniversary.

Recently she gives recital series titled [Secret of Keys], with a program of pieces written in same key`s, and still going on process..

Etsuko Terada has made many recordings. Debut Album of Mozart and Chopin solo works by SONY label, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1and Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 K488 with Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Canyon Records), Solo works of 3 Chopin Albums, Schumann Album, Mozart Sonata Album,(by Canyon Records and Exton label), and 2 pianos album of Stravinsky`s Rite of Spring and Rachmaninoff suite No.2 which received special recognition by the Recording Journal Magazine in Japan

While studying in Europe and USA she received numerous honors from major international piano competitions .such as the third prize Gold medal at the 2nd Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, where Maestro Rubinstein himself was on a Jury. She was also a prize winner of the 6th Leeds International Piano Competition. She also received Chopin Society Award in Japan.

Terada studied with renown pianist and professors over the world, Dieter Weber (Vienna), Sacha Gorodnitzki(Julliard School), Menahem Pressler (Indiana University),   master classes of  Leon Fleisher, Nikita Magaloff, and Stanislav Neuhaus

Etsuko Terada has been a professor of Nihon University College of Art graduate school in Tokyo since 2000.