Japanese-born pianist Rika Zayasu has performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe, North America, and Japan. Upcoming season 2018/19 will include a series of concerto appearances in the United Kingdom, the United States, and France (Beethoven piano concerto No. 4, Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, 'riverrun' and 'Quotation of Dream' by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu...), a series of chamber music concerts with violinists Stephen Bryant (Leader, BBC Symphony Orchestra), Dima Tkachenko (National Music Academy of Ukraine), and violist Teodor Coman (Orchestre National de France) in the UK, France, Italy, Austria and Japan. In 2019, she will be giving the world premiere performance of British composer Christian Mason's new work for violin and piano, commissioned and written for her and violinist Dima Tkachenko at St John's Smith Square, London.
She has recorded for Claudio Records for many years, its unique Q-Lab lifelike sound is praised both nationally and internationally and her debut Debussy album was received with immediate acclaim by the British press including several five-star plus reviews. Next recording projects with Claudio include the recordings of complete Scriabin piano sonatas and various works for violin and piano in collaboration with violinist Dima Tkachenko.
She is the founder and artistic director of Wednesday Afternoons Music, a non-profit organization which hosts a series of compositional and performance based workshops and concerts in the UK and abroad, and Tudeley Festival of Chamber Music and Voice, annual chamber music festival held on the first weekend of July in Tudeley, Kent, UK.
Having spent her formative years in France, Rika Zayasu studied under Michel Béroff and Denis Pascal in Paris before moving to London to work with Maria Curcio, the legendary pupil of Artur Schnabel. She also obtained Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the supervision of Prof. Joan Havill.
She currently lives in Kent, UK.
"Zayasu's masterful performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major..., was an emotinal and dramatic work that left concertgoers stunned by the explosion of sound. Zayasu's grace and power was recognized and rewarded as the audience gave a standing ovation that brought her out no less than three times. Brava!"
"She drew Debussy’s internal landscape with great ease by using both glittering tones and colours in soft pastels...The iridescent radiance of Poissons d’or was beautifully expressed."
-Taro Araki, Ongaku Gendai
"An impressive record...The playing of this gifted artist is of high quality throughout, the Claudio Q-Lab Sound being stunningly lifelike."
-Martin Morris, Musical Opinion Magazine
"Rika Zayasu is a fine and sensitive musician. I had pleasure teaching her, and wish her the best for the future."