Mami Hariyama, being influenced by her sisters, started learning ballet
when she was three years old. At that time she also learned to play the
piano by her mother and later by Mrs. Kazumi Maeda. She was accepted by
the Kobe international ballet competition in 1998 and 1999. At the age
of 16, she performed with the Leningrad State Ballet at St. Petersburg,
Russia to celebrate the anniversary of the sister city relationship between
Osaka and St. Petersburg. During the same year, she visited Indianapolis
to further her dance studies with the Ballet International. Also at 16,
she was a model for commercials, magazines and TV shows. At 17, she had
a chance to play the piano for the summer intensive program in Japan given
by the Vaganova ballet teachers. She traveled throughout Japan with them
and performed successfully. Since then she has been a pianist for the finest
teachers of the Vaganova Ballet Academy such as Ludmilla Kavalyova and
Mariya Grivanova among others. She also played for many ballet schools
in Japan. She also performed concerts with her father who is a clarinetist.
In 2001, her family organized a concert in Osaka and brought world renowned
dancers and musicians. The performers included herself, her parents and
their musician friends. Dances were performed by her sisters and guests.
It was successful and covered by the media. She visited Russia a second
time and had chance to play rehearsals at the VaganovaBallet Academy. In
July 2003, she and her family produced the highly successful Dream Concert
2003, This concert also had world renowned guests from America, Russia,
France and Canada. Television crews followed them to make a TV documentary
about the concert. In 2004, she moved to New York by herself and is now
a permanent pianist for many dance studios and ballet schools on Manhattan.
She has played for more than 50 different teachers since coming to New
York. She has also started her own ballet class on Manhattan. Children
and adult take her class, and is loved by everyone. The third Dream
Concert will be held in OsakaJapan in the summer of 2006.
|Theachers who I have worked with.
George de la Pena,
John Gardner ,
Debra Jo Hughes.
Francis Patrelle, Megan Philipp,