Our trained, multilingual instructors are active performers and passionate, committed educators.
Founder & CEO
Since her debut in 1987, Riko has appeared in numerous concert series and festivals in Europe, Asia and the United States. Riko studied piano with Walter Hautzig at The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Edson Elias at Ecole Normale de la Musique de Paris. As a music educator, she has over 30 years of piano teaching experience working with beginners, professional recording artists, and everyone in between. In addition to developing and publishing her own unique curriculum, Riko is a hands-on CEO, regularly conducting training sessions for RMSP instructors.
Active as a composer, educator, and performer, Jesse has had his music performed throughout the U.S. In addition to working for Riko Method, he teaches composition and music theory at Pasadena City College. This is his 7th year at Riko Method School of Piano. In addition to his curriculum development work, he oversees training and supervision of Riko Method school instructors.
Having played piano since the age of seven, Jeremy is trained in both classical and jazz. He joined Riko Method in October 2015. Originally from the east coast, Jeremy obtained his BA from Columbia University before moving to Los Angeles. He lives in Highland Park and when he is not teaching, plays keyboards in a rock band.
Catherine grew up in a small town in east Tennessee where she started taking piano lessons at age six. Catherine focused on music throughout her academic career, earning a B.M. in Piano Performance from Queens University of Charlotte in NC and a Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In her free time, Catherine enjoys writing about interesting people, art and music for LA Weekly and the LA Times.
Samantha is classically trained and began studying voice at the age of 7. With 15 years of professional performing experience, she has appeared internationally from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Moscow Art Theater, as well as performing on Broadway, in National Tours and Las Vegas. Samantha believes that singers of all ages can benefit from studying classically to bring their voices to the fullest potential. Samantha studied vocal performance and psychology at The Ohio State University and received her M.F.A from the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University.