Japanese-Chinese pianist Asuka Restauri is a dedicated educator in the Los Angeles area. She has over 15 years of experience training young musicians and holds a B.M. and M.A. from New York University.
She fell in love with the piano at the age of 5 after attending a concert and soon after began taking private lessons with Akiko Hasunuma. As a young pianist, Ms. Restauri regularly entered competitions and won first prize awards in the Southern Youth Music Festival and the Pasadena Branch MTAC Chopin and Duet competitions. In 2001 she followed her passion to New York City where she attended New York University under the School of Education Scholarship to study with renowned pedagogue Miyoko Lotto. During her time there she performed in some of the city’s top venues. In 2007 her piano duo was sponsored by the Bolivian Vice Ministry of Culture to perform at the Teatro Municipal. The sold out concert was aired on Channel 21-Gigavision. In that same year the duo took first prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition for their performance of Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs Ballet Suite, Op. 28”. In 2009 Ms. Restauri became the recipient of the Artists International Special Presentation Award and made her Solo Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, by invitation of the Piano Teachers Music Guild of Japan, she performed a duo concert with pianist Vatche Mankerian at the Pause Recital Hall in Tokyo.
In addition to teaching privately, Ms. Restauri has been an adjunct faculty member of New York University and was the summer piano instructor at the Noel Pointer Foundation. From 2006 – 2015 she was the Assistant Director for the Chamber Music Program of the award winning New York Youth Symphony.
Ms. Restauri is a teacher that strives to offer high-quality training in a fun and supportive environment. For the beginner she will focus on building a solid foundation of technique and understanding of the fundamentals. For the advanced student, she will address any technical issues and guide them to become more creative and expressive performers.