Ritsuko Wada, Piano
Mrs. Wada, native of Japan, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Showa Collage of Music where she was a merit scholarship student studying with Takahiro Sonoda, who was Japan’s leading pianist, and judge of the most important International Piano Competitions. Also She studied piano, solfege and chamber music with Jun Ozawa, and piano performance with Hikaru Matsuura and Yaeko Sasaki. Mrs. Wada’s extensive piano study includes attendance at the Respighi Summer Music Academy in Italy and the Cahl Slue Piano Education Association and the first prize of Showa Collage concerto competition. Mrs. Wada began her teaching career in 1991 at the Yamaha Music School. She has performed number of recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in universities and churches. She played as a pianist in Allegany Piano Trio, Felix Piano Trio, Felix Piano Quartet, Greifen Piano Trio, and W piano Quartet. Mrs. Wada is a member of Music Performance Practice Association of Japan. She has recently begun teaching at her new home in Auburn, NY!
Rintaro Wada, Strings
The former Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Olean. His solo, chamber music, and orchestra performances have given in Japan, Italy, and the US, and have been invited to perform by radio programs, universities and concert associations. He studied in Rochester, NY, and Japan, earning a Master of Music in performance and literature from Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree and post-graduate diploma in cello performance from Showa University of Music. He has studied cello performance with Ryoichi Hayashi, Hiromi Uekusa, Joichi Sano, Hirofumi Kanno, Stefan Reuss, Marcy Rosen, Nathaniel Rosen, Steven Doane, and Alan Harris, also chamber music with Richard Killmer, Paul O’Dette, Christel Thielmann, Margery Hwang, and John Graham as well as with members of the Amadeus Quartet, Bartok Quartet, Mendelssohn Quartet, Ying Quartet, and Fine Arts String Quartet. Rintaro was a cellist of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Olean, MostArts Festival Orchestra, and Director of Orchestra of the Olean High School, Olean Community Orchestra, adjunct faculty of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College, Alfred University as well as the St. Bonaventure University. He currently is the String Teacher at the Ithaca City School District.