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Chiharu Iinuma piano

Much in demand as a chamber musician, Chiharu Iinuma has regularly performed across three continents in recitals with Martin Beaver, David Gillham, Dale Barltrop, Christoph Schickedanz, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Ariel Barnes, Tom Landschoot, David Eggart, James Campbell, Rob Weir, Min-Ho Yeh, among others. 

A founding member of the Ridge Trio, the Chamber Ensemble Bloomington and the Duo Gillham-Iinuma, for many years she was the studio pianist for Joseph Gingold, Janos Starker, Franco Gulli, Neli Shkolnikova, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Miriam Fried, Yuval Yaron, James Campbell and IU String Academy at Indiana University's Jacobs School.  Chiharu has also collaborated at the world's most prestigious music competitions, including the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elizabeth, Leonard Rose Competitions.  In 1993, she was invited to participate in the inaugural Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in New York.  From 2001 to 2004, she was the Director of Accompanying at the University of Central Arkansas where the Duo Gillham-Iinuma was "Duo in Residence".  In the summer, Chiharu enjoys being a staff pianist and coach at institutes such as the Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University Summer String Academy and the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy.  At Domaine Forget, she is also on a faculty for the Collaborative Piano Program.

As Duo Gillham-Iinuma, she has recorded "Edvard Grieg: The Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano" for Centaur Records (CRC2873).  

Chiharu was born in Nagano, Japan.  Following her graduation from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she was awarded the Asahi Beer Arts Foundation Scholarship, which enabled her to study at the Indiana University School of Music where she received her Performer Diploma, Artist Diploma and Master’s degree.  Her teachers include Yoshimi Tamaki, Shigeo Neriki and Leonard Hokanson. Currently, she resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and serves as a piano faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

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