Ruriko Terada received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with JoAnn Turovsky. She began her musical studies with piano at the age of 4 with Jane Bastien. At the age of 6, Ms. Terada won the 1st prize of Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition. She began her harp studies at age of 13 in New Jersey. Ms. Terada attended the Juilliard Preparatory Division studying under Bridget Kibbey. In 2012, Ms. Terada placed 4th prize at the 24th Japan International Harp Competition. The following year, she received top prize at the 20th American Harp Society National Competition Advanced Division. In 2015, Ms. Terada placed 3rd prize at the 21st American Harp Society National Competition Young Professional Division. She had received numerous scholarship awards including the Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award and American Association of Japanese University Women.
Ms. Terada attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival USA, and Festival Napa Valley.
Her teaching experience started through the Young Musicians Foundation Teaching Artist Program in 2012. The program provided students with dedicated teaching and quality instruction in an inclusive environment enabling students to develop their full musical and social potential. In 2013, Ms. Terada was accepted into the Teaching Fellowship Program with scholarship at the Colburn Conservatory. This pedagogy program focuses on music and human learning, and behavior and discipline research, ran by Robert Duke, Ph.D., from University of Texas at Austin, Distinguished Teaching Professor.
2018, Ms. Terada has established a music management company "TRA Entertainment" for booking artists for concerts and events. Alongside with entertainment business, she has started a music school focusing on one-on-one lessons in Los Angeles area.