Eri Miyashita is a New York based concert pianist. As a native of Japan, Eri became interested in piano at the age of 3. A year later, she began to take piano lessons, and her first public performance was followed shortly thereafter. From then on, she has appeared on stage at concert halls including the famous Nagoya Denki Bunka Kaikan( the Electric-Cultural Hall of Nagoya) and the City Hall of Kuwana. Her passionate and expressive way of playing always enthused audiences.
Eri majored in British-American Studies at Nanzan University, a prestigious international school in Central Japan, and in 2003, transferred to the City College of New York at CUNY, where she doggedly pursued her dream to become a professional pianist. Under the tutelage of Professor Alison Deane at CCNY, she received awards 8 times as a talented musician, including the Fritz Jahoda Award and Sidney Zolot Award. Then, Eri continued on studying at Michigan State University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Professor Deborah Moriarty. During her graduate study, she was appointed to direct the choir concerts and musical activities at Battle Creek Japanese School in Battle Creek Michigan.
Since her graduation in 2012, Eri has been performing at multiple venues such as famous the Steinway Hall of New York City and Tenri Cultural Institute of New York. Her solo performance at Tenri was highly praised by a local newspaper as “skillfully conveyed dramatic expression and a highly expressive touch on the piano”. In 2015, she was featured as a new york city artist and her interview appeared on two major news papers in Mie prefecture, Japan. For more info, click here
Eri is an active accompanist and dedicated instructor as well.
As recent credits, she was selected to National Music Festival in Maryland as a collaborative pianist with full scholarship and board. There, she has accompanied a internationally acclaimed Euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman and his performance workshop. (Go to Eri’s Performances page)
Eri has been regularly invited to work for the semi-annual concert “Don Winston and Friends” hosted by Euphonium player Don Winston, featuring Demondrae Thurman (New York Philharmonic Euhpniumist), Derek Fenstermacher ( Principal Tubist at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, faculty at Bard Conservatory and Montclair University), and Aaron Vanderweele ( Faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University).
She also has accompanied numerous soloists for the auditions, recitals, and competitions, including for Royal Academy of Music, Mannes School of Music, and New York State School Music Association.
As a piano instructor, Eri has been teaching in the United States and Japan for more than 13 years, both at her private studio and prestigious music institutes in New York City, including Church Street School for Music and Art in Tribeca, Manhattan, the Noel Pointer Foundation in Brooklyn, Crestwood Music Education Center in Eastchester county. A number of her students achieved a great success including their performance at the famous Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall of NYC, as well as winning awards and maximum/high scores at competitions and exams. (Go to Eri’s teaching page)