Etsuko Terada began piano lessons at the age of four in Tokyo, and later when she was 16, she entered the Vienna Academy where she studied with Dieter Weber.
After the graduation of the Vienna State Academy with highest honors she moved to New York City to study with Sascha Gorodnitzky at Juilliard School(post graduate diploma), later with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University(artist diploma)where she taught as Mr.Pressler’s assistant as well.
She also participated in Master classes given by Nikita Magaloff in Geneva, Stanislav Neuhaus in Vienna, Leon Fleisher in USA.
While studying in Europe and USA she received numerous honors from major international competitions. She won the third prize and a Gold medal at the second Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv when Maestro Rubinstein himself was on a Jury. She was a prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. She also received Chopin Society Award in Japan.
She moved back to her native country Japan after 11years of study in abroad and has been active performer in Japan as well as Europe and USA.
She appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Japan such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, and more. She also played chamber music concerts with many of world prominent players such as principal string players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus String Quartett , Prazak Quartett, etc..
Abroad, In 1979, Etsuko Terada made her debut in London and since then she toured in Germany, Finland, Latvia, Russia , Mexico, Panama, Peru, Bulgaria, Israel, Taiwan, and USA.
Besides playing solo recitals, she has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Northern Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Radio Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sophia Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, etc. with Conductors including: Eliahu Imbal, Akeo Watanabe, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir Charles Mackerras Hiroyuki Iwaki, Brian Priestman, PhilippeEntremont, Takashi Asahina ….
Terada also appeared in the Prague’s Spring Festival playing Beethoven’s the Emperor Concerto with Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Upon the twentieth anniversary of her debut, Terada performed a series of all-Chopin program recitals across Japan. Later she performed a 5-recital series in Tokyo entitled “Homage to Vienna” devoted to, respectively, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and the Twentieth Century Viennese Composers.
For the 2009-2010season she gave 5- recital series in Tokyo dedicated to Chopin and Schumann’s 200 years anniversary.
Besides playing solo and chamber music recitals she often plays 4 hands and two piano music with her pianist husband Kikuo Watanabe.
She has been a professor of Nihon University College of Art graduate school in Tokyo since 2000.
Etsuko Terada has made many recordings such as Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1, Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 K488 with Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Canyon Records), Solo works of 2 Chopin Albums, Schumann Album, Mozart Sonata Album,(by Canyon Records and Exton Label)