Japanese pianist Mai Mizuno has appeared in various venues throughout the world, from Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., to Miyama Conseru in Japan. Her performance of the Saint-Saens’ Second Piano Concerto with the Eastern Music Festival orchestra was praised for “dominat[ing] the music from the start, with a strong technique and unflagging energy” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).
Mai holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at University of North Texas under Vladimir Viardo. Her mentors include Shigeo Neriki, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, and Hans Boepple.
An avid chamber and collaborative pianist, Mai has worked closely with and served as studio pianist of violinists Kevork Mardirossian, Grigory Kalinovsky, Jorja Fleezanis, Mimi Zweig, trombonists Carl Lenthe, Peter Ellefson, and baritone Wolfgang Brendel. She served as accompanist for the Indiana University’s Pre-College String Academy.
She has received many awards in competitions, including the Eastern Music Festival Solo and Concerto Competitions, MTAC Solo and Concerto Piano Competitions, CAPMT Bartok & Contemporary Piano Competition, CMTANC Youth Music Competition, Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition, and the Areon International Chamber Music Competition.
Mai has experience teaching music to students of a wide range of ages and skill levels. While at Indiana University, she was an Associate Instructor for two years, teaching university-level piano classes as well as private lessons for music and non-music majors. Mai has taught many pre-college students as well, ranging from age four up through high school.
As an active performer and a doctoral candidate in piano performance, she can teach from the perspectives of both a musician and a student. Having studied with teachers from the United States, Japan, Belgium, France, and Russia, she also enjoys using a variety of approaches to piano playing.