Teruko Iwasaki was born in Tokyo, Japan. She started classical piano lesson at age 3. When she was 15, she acquired the YAMAHA piano teacher license, and later studied popular and jazz piano at age 20.
Teruko started her professional career as a musician in 1979. She played the piano at Shiseido Parlor, Restaurant Inagiku, and other famous hotels in Tokyo. She also worked for Totenko hotel as a wedding pianist
After Teruko moved to Australia, she started to play the pipe-organ for Watabe Wedding on the Gold Coast as a wedding organist in 2003. Teruko tried to expand her talents into both Classical and Theatre organ with a help of a member of the Theatre Organ Society in 2008. She performed for The Console Theatre Organ Club as a guest organist in 2009.
Among the other contributions to the Gold Coast community, Teruko has been the accompanying pianist for the Caningeraba State School Choir’s Eisteddfod program, has acted as Church Organist over fourteen months at the Golden Age Retirement Village at Southport and has appeared as Concert Pianist at the Labrador senior Citizen Club.
During her career, Teruko has taught classic, popular and jazz piano to over 400 students ranging from age 3 to 78. She believes in the students choosing their favorite songs even though it may seem difficult, is the best way to motivate and challenge them to accomplish a piece. The core value of Teruko's classes is an enjoyable piano lesson.
In 2005, she made her first CD, "To A Wild Rose". The CD included 18 classical piano pieces of master composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin. Every piece is easy-listening, soothing, joyful and peaceful. In the following year 2006, Teruko made her second CD, "Pieces of Heaven". Her second work consisted of 22 similar types of soothing classical piano pieces from her first CD. However, "Pieces of Heaven" presented an enhanced musical experience with the addition of other instruments such as harp, cello, violin, and trumpet. Teruko introduced three of her original pieces in this CD.
Teruko hopes her classical music will help many people achieve peaceful mind and also contribute to young children familiarize with masterpieces from great musicians.
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