Born and raised in Saga, Japan, Rie Tsuji started on piano at the age of
6. By age 10, she was already composing original pieces on piano and was
entered into the Japanese National Competition for Young Composers
(J.O.C.). One of her original pieces became a required repertoire in the
Yamaha School of Music piano book for teachers’ final performance
From 1991-1998, she won several awards in the Japanese Music Competition
for classical piano performance. During her senior year in high school,
Rie had a chance to study at the Belarus Conservatory. While she was
there, Rie was hand picked by the Piano Chair to perform at the program
completion recital. After completing the Belarus Conservatory program,
she enrolled in the Tokyo Conservatory and graduated with a Bachelor’s
of Music Degree in Classical Piano Performance.
Directly from Tokyo, Rie moved to Boston, Massachusetts to study jazz
piano performance at Berklee College of Music, on scholarship and
graduated with a music diploma majoring in Professional Music. Here she
cut her teeth with the next generation of modern jazz musicians such as
Andre Ward, Robin McEllhatten, Darren Barrett, among countless others.
In January 2006, she joined R&B vocalist Eric Benet on his album tour.
Fresh after Eric’s tours, Rie got hired through an audition as keyboard
player for Beyonce’s band. Since June 2006, she has been performing on
television shows with her such as the Grammy Awards, American Music
Awards, World Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, BET Awards, The View, The
Today Show, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tyra
Banks Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and countless others. Most recently
she performed at the super bowl 2013. Rie also did the strings
arrangement for Beyonce’s show “I am yours…” in 2009 and the “Live at
Roseland” in 2011. Rie also arranged and directed the strings for
Beyonce’s performance at the White House for President Obama in May
2010. She did 2 of her world tours and is currently on the “Mrs Carter
Show” world tour as a piano/keyboard player/Assistant Musical Arranger.