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After earning her B.A. in international politics, economics, and business from Tokyo’s Aoyama Gakuin University, Rie Moore spent a decade working in Japan in various marketing, translation, and executive assistant positions at major international companies, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Nissan. During that time, she also returned to piano lessons after a 10-year hiatus—but the nature of her career made dedication to music extremely difficult. When her husband’s job moved their family to Maryland in 2007, she came across the Piano Festival by the River at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She credits this experience with leading her back to the path of serious piano studies; last year, she completed a degree in music through the college’s second bachelor’s degree program, an accomplishment that took six years, while also raising a small child and working as a freelance translator. Rie loves hiking—to be immersed in nature—as well as rediscovering various Japanese art forms such as noh, ukiyo-e, and sado, and philosophy behind them.