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harp teacher

About Ruriko

62nd and 61st Grammy Award Nominee,

Ruriko Terada is an internationally-recognized, award-winning harpist and educator.

With 10 years of teaching experience,

Ruriko presented and performed masterclasses worldwide, including:

American Harp Society

AHS Los Angeles Chapter Masterclass

World Harp Congress

Music Academy of the West

Ruriko was selected as a 2012 Fellow at the Young Musicians Foundation Teaching Artist Program in partnership with LAUSD elementary schools. In 2013, Ruriko was awarded The Gluck Foundation Scholarship to join the Teaching Fellowship Program, an exclusive music pedagogy curriculum focused on human learning, behavior, and discipline research, under the instruction of Robert Duke, Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

Ruriko teaches students of all levels and ages. With personalized private lessons based on students' technicality and musicality, she incorporates comprehensive lessons – including music theory and ear training, to fully develop musical understanding.

Ruriko is a believer in constructive goals and achievements.

She conducts semester-end Juries and Recitals Performances.




Ruriko began her musical studies at age of 3 with Jane Bastien. At the age of 6, she won the 1st prize in the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition. Ruriko began her harp studies at the age of 13. Ruriko attended the Juilliard Preparatory Division studying with Bridget Kibbey.

 In 2012, Ruriko was a prize winner at the 24th Japan International Harp Competition. In 2013, she received the top prize at the 20th American Harp Society National Competition Advanced Division. In 2015, Ruriko placed 3rd prize at the 21st American Harp Society National Competition Young Professional Division. Ruriko received numerous scholarship awards including the Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award and American Association of Japanese University Women.

Ruriko attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival USA, and Festival Napa Valley.


​​Ruriko received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with JoAnn Turovsky.

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