Born in Japan, pianist Ikumi Hiraiwa, NCTM, holds B.A. from UCLA and M.M. from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. While Ms. Hiraiwa performs and accompanies locally, she has recently performed both solo and collaborative piano in prestigious venues such as the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York City. She is the recipient of first place at Westminster Piano Graduate Competition in 2006, and UCLA Benno Rubinyi Competition in 2005. Her principal piano teachers include James Goldsworthy, Victor Labenske, Walter Ponce and Jennifer Snow. Ms. Hiraiwa studied piano pedagogy with Ingrid Clarfield, James Goldsworthy, Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, Jennifer Snow, and Betty Stoloff.
Ms. Hiraiwa has coached at UCLA Summer Chamber Music Institute, taught basic musicianship at Point Loma Keyboard Institute, San Diego, CA, and instructed Keep It Going and Try It Out Camp at Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ.
Currently, Ms. Hiraiwa is a member of MTNA and NJMTA. She has a private studio in Lawrenceville, NJ and is on faculty at Westminster Conservatory of Music, teaching piano and theory and accompanying Suzuki Violin classes, since 2006.