Music Department

Monica Ohuchi

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Director of Private Music instruction

Japanese American pianist Monica Ohuchi performs “with beauty, clarity and drive... [offering a] warmth... and expressiveness [that’s] irresistible and deeply moving.” (The Times Argus) Filled with purpose, Ohuchi exudes a “commanding pianism.” (The New York Times) “Dutifully and gracefully” (San Francisco Classical Voice) attentive to musical depth and detail, Ohuchi offers uniquely generous and engaging performances. Her solo, chamber, and teaching career includes appearances across the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe at such venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Meany Hall (Seattle), the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheater, and Hakuju Concert Hall (Tokyo). A gracious and polished chamber musician, Ohuchi is a member of Fear No Music, and performs with Chamber Music Northwest (Oregon), the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (Oregon) and Craftsbury Chamber Players (Vermont). With a passion for equity and diversity, Ohuchi serves as Executive Director of Fear No Music alongside her violist and composer husband, Kenji Bunch who is the group’s Artistic Director. “Fear No Music’s husband-and-wife leadership team… have spent the past five years making FNM the best kind of Portland hybrid: a classical ensemble with unimpeachable performance credentials, a love for local and contemporary composers, and a mature sense of social justice and responsibility.” (Oregon ArtsWatch).  An engaging and dedicated music educator, Ohuchi is a frequent guest clinician, panelist, and competition adjudicator.  Holding advanced degrees from the Juilliard School,  Ohuchi has taught piano at Reed since 2014.  For more information, please visit