Meet the esteemed pianist, collaborative musician, and instructor that started it all.
A native of Kyoto, Japan, Mio has performed in prestigious venues across Chicago and beyond. She graduated with honors from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, earning her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Piano Performance — as well as a Performance Diploma.
When the pandemic took over her students’ daily routines, Mio recognized the challenges of safely continuing her music programs. She was inspired to create a virtual community for musicians to share their passion, collaborate remotely, and enjoy some friendly competition. Thus, Emerging Artists Chicago was born.
Mio is currently on the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. She is also the organist and pianist for St. John’s Episcopal Church. In addition to being a supplementary keyboardist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she is a visiting artist for their All-Access Chamber Series.
Meet the entrepreneur, philanthropist, and music-enthusiast that helped make it happen.
With an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit, John has led a successful career in various ventures. He has also made generous contributions to several humanitarian efforts, particularly causes that support family and art.
John’s love for classical music started at a young age, encouraged by his father. He continues to honor his family’s passion for music through donations and dedication concerts — most notably for the Symphony of Oak Park and the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association.
John is proud to have partnered with his longtime friend, Mio, to start a promising community for Chicago-based musicians.