Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Natsuko Ejiri moved to Japan when she was two years old and started playing the piano at age four. She studied with Naoko Sugai and Miyuki Kurosawa before taking a hiatus from music to earn a degree in nursing. Ms. Ejiri then moved to the United States, where she has performed extensively while maintaining an active private teaching studio.
Ms. Ejiri has taught privately in the United States since 2002, and has worked with upwards of 30 students continually since moving to Texas in 2012. She has served on the faculty of the Merit School of Music (Chicago), Fort Worth Youth Orchestra Suzuki Program, and currently maintains a home studio in Fort Worth. Inspired by the belief that “Every Child Can”, Ms. Ejiri has completed her ECC and Units 1 and 2 certification under Rita Hauck. She has a passion for cultivating the youngest musicians, and particularly enjoys guiding young beginners in acquiring beautiful technique, an appreciation for musical expression, and transferable life skills.
A seasoned orchestral keyboardist, Ms. Ejiri has played under conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has performed on many occasions with the New World Symphony in Miami, and appeared at the Aspen Music Festival as an orchestral keyboard fellow. Ms. Ejiri has performed concerti with orchestras including the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic and Moorpark Symphony, and she has served as studio pianist for eminent artist teachers including the late János Starker. Recent highlights include orchestral keyboard work with the Abilene Philharmonic and Dallas Chamber Symphony, collaborative appearances at the BASSEUROPE and ISB conventions, dozens of outreach performances with Cliburn in the Classroom, and solo and chamber music on the series Mount Vernon Music.
Ms. Ejiri is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and California State University Northridge, where her principal teachers have included Shigeo Neriki, the late Edward Francis, and Francois Regnat. Additionally, she has studied in masterclasses with renowned artist teachers including Jerome Lowenthal, Antoinette Perry, and Rita Sloan.