Born in Japan, Dr. Hiroyo Hatsuyama began playing the piano at the age of three. After earning BM with honors in Japan, Dr. Hatsuyama participated in numerous master classes with such renowned artists as Lubov Chimofeeva (Russia) and Klaus Shilde (Germany). She continued her music education studying with Professor Elena Shishko at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia and Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Dr. Alan Smith at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music in the United States of America.
As a recipient of full-tuition Dean Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship at the USC, she completed both degrees, Master of Music in Piano performance and Doctor of Musical Arts specializing in Keyboard Collaborative Arts with great interest in chamber music. She was invited to play for the master classes for Martin Katz, Midori Goto, Eudice Shapiro and Ruggiero Ricci.
As a versatile pianist and harpsichordist, Dr. Hatsuyama frequently performs as a recitalist and collaborative artist, and serves as an enthusiastic educator for musicians of all ages. Her teaching experience of more than 20 years includes coaching for Junior Chamber Music and Beverly Hills International Music Festival.
Dr. Hatsuyama has been successfully teaching not only piano instruction but also chamber music, harmony, music history, music theory and aural skills with global approach in her teaching method. After teaching at the University of La Verne and the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, she joined the Pepperdine University as an adjunct faculty in 2011.