Rui Urayama is becoming internationally known as one of the famous young pianists of her generation. She is a sponsored artist of “Meiji Yasuda Cultural Association” in 2014. She is also the Grand Prix Winner of the 2013 PTNA Competition in Japan, that country's most important national competition. As a result of this victory, she has been performing extensively with orchestras, in recital and in chamber music concerts in Asia and Europe. She has performed in concerts in Japan, United States, Italy, Lithuania, Albania, Poland, Austria, and Portugal. Her gifts were recognized at an early age, winning the Silver medal in the Chopin Competition in Japan, Hokkaido at the age of 12. By the age of 18, Ms. Urayama had already won prizes at most of the main competitions in Japan, She was awarded the Yomiuri Newspaper Company Award, Tokyo City Philharmonic Award, the Minister of Arts and Culture Award and her performances were often broadcast on radio and TV. In 2011 she was honored with the Kyoto Musical Association Award, given to the most gifted young musician of the year, and performed in a number of Gala Performances.
Her Orchestral performances include the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Tokyo City Symphony, Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland) and The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Prokofiev Piano concerto No.3 with the Kyoto University of Arts Orchestra and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 and Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 (under Sergei Babayan) with the Perugia Festival Orchestra.
In Japan, she has appeared in many of the most important concert halls including including Orchard Hall (Tokyo), Suginami Public Hall in Tokyo, Tiara Koto Concert Hall (Tokyo), Kyoto Concert Hall (Kyoto), Sapporo Concert Hall KITARA (Hokkaido), Izumi Hall (Osaka) and Symphony Hall (Fukuoka). In June 2011, Ms. Urayama made a critically acclaimed debut in Hyogo Performing Arts Center. Her Festival appearances include MusicFest Perugia in Italy and Vivace Vilnius in Lithuania.
Ms. Urayama is also an active chamber musician and performs widely with the JEMUR Piano Trio, which includes violinist Egle Jarkova and cellist Edevaldo Mulla. The Jemur Trio has performed throughout Boston and New England, as well as in Trieste (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Albania. They performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre, specially choreographed by Boston Ballet's Daniel Pelzig, concerts which received great praise in the Boston Globe.
In 2011 Ms. Urayama moved to the United States to study with the renowned pianist Michael Lewin at the Boston Conservatory, where she finished her Master of Music Degree on a full scholarship, and where now she is pursuing her Artist Diploma program as the first pianist in three years to be accepted into this prestigious program. Since coming to Boston, she has won the Silver Medal in the Hartford Chopin International Competition and won the Boston Conservatory Churchill Competition in 2013 and 2015, the school's most prestigious piano award. She has performed often in Boston, and also played at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.
Rui was born in 1988 and began her piano studies at the age of four. Her early teachers include Mina Yonezawa, Kimihiko Kitajima, and Makoto Ueno. She earned her Bachelor in Piano Performance from Kyoto City University.