A versatile musician, Riko Higuma is a highly sought-after pianist collaborator performing with the world's leading artists throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia. As a soloist, she was a top-prize winner at the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition and the Santa Fe International Piano Competition. Notably, she was one of the Young Artists for the Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, where she appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony as one of the winners of their concerto competition. Her live solo performance at the La Jolla Chamber Music Society Summerfest was broadcast on NPR's Performance Today.
Ms.Higuma's collaborations on the recital and concert stage have included distinguished artists such as Aaron Rosand, Albert Markov, Neil Rosenshein, Cho-Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Steven Tanenbom, Dora Schwarzberg, Timothy Eddy, Yovan Markovitch, Suren Bagratuni, Jeffrey Solow, to name a few. As a vocal accompanist, she has performed in such festivals as Lidal North at the Norwegian Opera House, Intermezzo program in Belgium and Summer Voice Program in New York, among others. She has also made frequent performances at the International Academy of Music in Tuscany, Italy, and at the Summit Music Festival in New York, where she performed a gala recital with legendary violinist Aaron Rosand.
With her acclaimed ensemble, The Zodiac Trio, she has been claiming top prizes at international competitions which include the International Peninsula Young Artist Festival, Yellow Spring Chamber Music Competition, Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, and the Cziffra Foundation audition. Amongst its many engagements over the past six years, the Zodiac Trio has performed at such leading venues as Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Tishman Auditorium and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, UCLA Clark Library in CA; has been broadcast by France 3 Television, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR (including an hour-long in-studio feature on the Young Artist Showcase), had performances broadcast live on WFMT, featured on WGBH’s “Live from Frasier” in Boston, and has recorded multiple times for Radio France in Paris.
Upcoming season performances include solo appearance as well as collaboration with violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, residency in Vermont with the American Modern Ensemble, Canada tour with the Zodiac Trio as well as South American recital tour with violinist Ray Chen.
Ms.Higuma studied with Phillip Kawin at the ManhattanSchool of Music and chamber music with the Ysaye String Quartet in their Superior Chamber Music Program in Paris. Currently she is engaged as a staff pianist and vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music.