In 1988 the Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa was brought to the attention of Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Schneider engaged her as a soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo’s Casals Hall; later that year, Schneider presented Rieko in her U.S. début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has performed as a guest with string quartets including the Guarneri Quartet and has participated in festivals such as the Marlboro in Vermont and the Evian in France. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin.