Rie Moore was born in Japan and graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan with a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics, Economics and Business. She worked for global corporations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Nissan Motor in Tokyo as a marketing/public relations and interpretation/translation professional prior to her move to Maryland in 2007. Her wide-ranging work experience includes launching and marketing new products, working in the field of investor relations as an IPO project member, organizing media events, and serving as an interpreter and translator to facilitate communication among Japanese and non-Japanese executives and designers.
Inspired by her experience at Piano Festival by the River at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Rie Moore began studying with Brian Ganz, a laureate of the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, and a member of the piano faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Peabody Conservatory. She has performed as an accompanist for Larry Vote, Professor of Music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and former Co-Artistic Director of The Alba/USA International Music Festival, for various programs, including Schicksalslied, op. 54 by Johannes Brahms, Messe Basse by Gabriel Fauré, A Ceremony of Carols, op. 28 by Benjamin Britten, and the opera Amahl and Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. She has completed her second bachelor’s degree in music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 2019, and was awarded Alice Fleury Zamanakos and Arthur S. Zamanakos Prize in Music upon graduation.
Based on her belief that a recital is a space where an artist can offer experience rather than simply music for the audience, Rie Moore has created and performed unique piano programs. As if heard from within featured works by multiple composers, including Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Scriabin, Federico Mompou, and Arvo Pärt, to invite the audience to listen from within in the dark. Pairs allowed the listeners to experience each piece in a new context based on six pairings: Two (Unusual) Lullabies, Transformation, Two Sides of the Moon, Mysticism, A Winter Landscape, and The End. Thorns for voice and piano featured lieder by Robert Schumann, including Dichterliebe, op. 48, to explore both love and the pain of love. Fleeting for solo piano and voice captured what attracts us to fleetingness through the eyes of composers from different periods, including Claude Debussy, Henry Cowell, Sergei Prokofiev, George Crumb, and Robert Schumann, while traveling through fleeting sounds, fleeting landscapes, fleeting visions, and fleeting moments.
In 2020, she received an Independent Artist Award from Maryland State Arts Council for her program As if heard from within and was selected as one of the 48 competitors to perform at the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, which is now rescheduled to take place in October 2022. In March 2021, her first pre-recorded program for solo piano Beyond Darkness was shared with the public to invite listeners to imagine what may lie beyond darkness. She will also appear as one of the speakers at the TEDxGreatMills event in September 2021 to talk about a new approach to concert programming.