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Kumiko Uyeda, Piano

Kumiko Uyeda enjoys performing in various genres including western art music, jazz-fusion, and collaborating with poets and traditional instruments from Vietnam. She worked as a free-lance pianist before resuming her academic studies at UC Santa Cruz, where she researched the Ainu music of Japan and received her Ph.D. in Cultural Musicology. Kumiko is dedicated to music education as a coach for the Chamber Music Academy and teaches private piano students. She received her Masters in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she actively pursued contemporary music, working with Joel Thome and the Orchestra of Our Time and with Dorothy Taubman’s piano technique.