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Rui Urayama 
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Japanese pianist Rui Urayama's gifts were recognized at an early age, winning the Silver medal in the Chopin Competition in Japan at the age of 12. By the age of 18, she had already won prizes at many of the main competitions in Japan, with some of her performances being broadcast on radio and TV. In 2011 Ms. Urayama was honored with the Kyoto Musical Association Award, given to the most gifted young musician of the year.  She also performed in a number of Gala Performances.  

Ms. Urayama earned Bachelor's Degree from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan, and then in 2011, Ms. Urayama moved to America where she eventually received her Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma on full scholarship at Boston Conservatory, studying with renowned pianist Michael Lewin.  At the Conservatory, Ms. Urayama performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with the Conservatory Dance Theatre, specially choreographed by Boston Ballet's Daniel Pelzig, a performance which received critical acclaim by the Boston Globe.  

Ms. Urayama later moved on to win the Grand Prix of the 2013 PTNA competition in Japan, the country's most important national competition. As a result of this honor, she was invited to perform extensively with various orchestras, in recitals and also in chamber music concerts in Asia, USA and Europe. In the USA, Ms Urayama also then won the Silver Medal in the Hartford Chopin International Competition in 2013, which helped to forward her career in New England. 

Ms. Urayama holds a number of awards, including the St. Botolph Club Emerging Artist Award, Meiji-Yasuda Quality of Life Sponsorship (2014-2015), Churchill Piano Awards (2013 and 2015 from Boston Conservatory), the Yomiuri Newspaper Company Award, Tokyo City Philharmonic Award, the Minister of Arts and Culture Award.  Currently, she works as a stuff accompanist and Rhonda Rider Cello Studio Official Pianist at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

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