Mitsuko Ichimura was born in Japan and began studying piano at the age of four. She graduated from Juilliard School where her major teachers included Leonid Kochanski, Beveridge Webster, Miecyslaw Munz and chamber music with Felix Galimir. Ms. Ichimura has performed throughout the United States and Japan as a soloist and a chamber musician and is recognized for her huge coloristic range and lyricism. She has been Music Director of the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, the Director of the Parnassus International Music Festival of New York, and a piano faculty member at the State University of New York in Purchase.
She judges national and international competitions and has been a faculty member for numerous summer festivals including the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary; the Liszt Music School in Leipzig, Germany; the Amati Music Festival in New York; the Northern Lights Music Festival in Aurora, Minnesota, the American Fine Art Festival in Enschede, Netherlands and in Weimer, Germany.
Ms. Ichimura is the founder and director of the Ichimura Music School in Greenwich Connecticut. She is a dedicated educator whose students have been feature in concerts and festivals around the world and have won numerous awards in national and international competitions. Many are graduates of the The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Toho School, and The Royal Academy of London.