Mari Terada musical profile

Mari Terada

Mari TeradaMari Terada began to play the piano at the age of 5. At age 7, she moved to the US with her family. During her stay in the States, she won several prizes at competitions including such as SYMF Competition and Southern California Bach Festival.

In high school, she moved to Germany with her family.

In 1985 she entered performers’course at Folkwang Hochschule fuer Musik in Essen, Germany, where she has graduated with distinction in 1991.
In 1988, she was the finalist at Chopin Competition in Cologne. In 1990, she was chosen to give a concert for 4 pianos at the Music and Art Festival Nordrhein-Westfalen representing her school. In 1991, she started her post-graduate course at Folkwang.

She also won the audition for “German-Japanese Society for the promotion of music”.

Further studies at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in France with Prof. Germaine Mounier from 1992 to 1995.
In 1994, she received a diploma and Debussy prize at Albert Roussel International Piano Competition in Bulgaria. 6 months later, she was awarded C. Franck Prize, medal and diploma at Rome International Piano Competition.
In 1996, she studied chamber music with Riccardo Brengola and Shuku Iwasaki at Academia Musicale Chigiana, Italy, where she received an honorary diploma.


Mari Terada gave her debut recital in Japan in 1997 at Casals Hall, Tokyo.
For this recital, she has been elected as one of the three new comers in the Japanese piano field by the music magazine, “Ongaku no Tomo”.( Friends of Music)
In 2004, she recorded her solo CD for Aurora Classical ( Schumann Album AUCD-10), and
In 2006, her second solo CD: Debussy Album(AUCD-15) has been chosen as “the most recommended Disc” by “Rekord Geijutsu” and “Chopin” Magazines.
In fall, she made her debut in Vietnam with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra playing Mozart piano concerto.

In 2007, she played the piano in the multi media production, St, Kilda: an European Opera, which was transmitted simultaneously by satellite in 5 different countries ( Germany, Scotland, France, Belgium , Austria).

In 2008, Mari Terada held solo recitals in Brazil as part of” Centennial celebration of Japanese immigration to Brazil” and the” Bicentennial celebration of the Brazilien Press Association” (an official event recognized by the Japanese Foreign Ministry)

In 2009, recital in Beijing, China

In 2010, recital in Seoul, Korea

In 2013, recital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, hosted by the General Consulate of Germany.

In 2014, she appeared at the “Bangkok International Piano Festival 2014” and also gave master class.

In 2016, her third CD album “Reflections”( MS001) has been released.


Mari Terada performs not only as a soloist, but also as chamber musician and accompanist. She also does outreach program at various schools.
Master class in Beijing, China ( 2009), Kanazawa, Japan ( 2010), Bangkok, Thailand ( 2014), Tokyo ( 2016).
She is also a regular jury member at P. I. A .Japan Piano Competition since 2012.

Her other projects are collaborative concerts such as “Music and Literature”, “Music and Sweets” and “Music and Art”. In 2011, she did a 3 series concert with a visual artist titled, “Playing with Schumann”, featuring Schumann and his piano works.

She is a member of the Japan Music Federal Association and Piano Teachers’ National Association ( PTNA)

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