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Concerto: Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488 (I. Allegro)
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in International Politics, Economics and Business from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, Rie Moore worked for global corporations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Nissan Motor in Tokyo as a marketing and communications professional prior to her move to Maryland in 2007. Her wide-ranging work experience includes launching and marketing new products, working in the field of investor relations as an IPO project member, organizing media events, and serving as an interpreter and translator to facilitate communication among Japanese and non-Japanese executives and designers.
After a 10-year hiatus, she resumed piano lessons at age 25 while working full time in Tokyo, but time dedicated to music was extremely limited due to the nature of her work. After her move to the United States, she returned to serious music studies in 2010 when she began studying with Brian Ganz, a laureate of the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, and a member of the piano faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This journey eventually led to completing a degree in music through the college’s second bachelor’s degree program in 2019. In 2020, she was selected as one of the 48 competitors to perform at the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, which is now rescheduled to take place in October 2022.
Rie loves to be immersed in nature through walking as well as rediscovering various Japanese art forms such as noh, ukiyo-e, and sado, and the philosophy behind them.