ARIEL MIZUMOTO was born and raised in sunny southern California where she relished the musical arts playing the piano and cello throughout her childhood. However, not until an unexpected chance “run-into,” and becoming friends with the legendary pianist, Mr. Van Cliburn, did she become inspired to commit and dedicate her life to a career in classical piano and music education. In 2016, under the tutelage of Professor Norman Krieger, Ariel graduated from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music graduating with honors with a master’s degree in piano performance, and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for music.
During Ariel’s young musical career, she has had to opportunity to perform in many renown local venues, including the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater, the Orange County Performing Arts Center Segerstrom Hall, Irvine Barclay Theater, and in Pasadena playing two seasons with Pasadena Pops Orchestra. She has also contributed to various charities playing for benefit concerts such as for childhood cancer survivors at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ “Celebrate Life with Hope” at the Paramount Motion Picture Studios, the Anya Foundation promoting childhood safety, and the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief benefit concert, to name a few.
Being a dual talent in both the piano and cello, Ariel has enjoyed international travel in solo piano, and chamber music as a pianist and cellist. Some of these include piano performance in China, Poland, and in various venues in Japan. As a chamber musician, she has toured internationally performing both piano or cello in countries including Germany, Austria, Russia, Estonia, and Finland.
Ariel has had film experience being featured as a musician for a major Paramount Studio’s motion picture film, as well as being part of a documentary film on the American composer, Benjamin Lees, called “The Musical Life of Benjamin Lees” by Joel Hochberg. During the premier of this documentary, Ariel was invited to perform for Mr. Lees as a VIP guest for the premier’s after-party.
Having received top recognition in a variety of competitions and scholarships, Ariel has given many performances both solo and with orchestral including twice by the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony under the baton of Dr. Ivan Shulman.
Ariel’s magnetic personality attracting the admiration of many children has been a huge asset in her teaching experience. From organizing and conducting summer music camps, to individual private instruction, Ariel has an effective communication ability making learning music a positive experience for both the students and their parents. Ariel is skilled at coaching collaborative groups, teaching music theory, music history, ear training, and solfege. Her students have scored top marks in both the Certificate of Merit and the Royal Conservatory of Music exam programs, and in AP music theory examinations.
“Cooking good food on a weekend evening and sight-reading chamber music for hours and hours with friends is my definition of a great time!” says Ariel when asked how she likes to spend her free time. In addition to Professor Norman Krieger, Ariel has studied piano with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, Dr. Anna Grinberg, Dr. Vadim Serebryany, and Mr. Ethan Dong, and has studied cello with Wendy Liu, Julie Jung and FangFang Xu.
I am teaching kids at a range of ages as part of the faculty at the Hills Academy of Music, Art, and Dance. I teach piano lessons as well as music theory and history.
I taught young kids from the Academy that signed up for lessons. I organized/played accompaniment for many of the non-piano youngsters in recitals as well.
After lessons with their respective teachers, many kids would be assigned theory homework assignments. They had the option to come to me for help.
· Piano · In studio Nico likes her teacher.
· Piano · In studio So glad we found Ariel. Our daughter seems to be comfortable with her and will learn a lot.Ariel seseems patient and skilled to work with kids. Looking forward to a long relationship.
· Piano · In studio Great with children!