Karen is born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and her parents are from Japan. Karen Watanabe began studying piano at the age of 7. At a very young age Karen took piano and music theory exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. After high school graduation, she enrolled in the music program at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. and then onto the University of British Columbia. During that time Karen began teaching a few students, mostly young children as a student teacher. The number of students began to increase and eventually Karen was a mobile piano teacher. Kren also organized recitals and had students take RCM piano exams. After a while, it was time for a break. During the break, Karen worked in a Cancer clinic in Vancouver and volunteered as the piano accompanist for a Christmas Choir that performed once a year at the patients lodge. Later Karen moved to Hawaii. After living in Hanapepe, Kauaʻi for 2 years then moving to Honolulu, Karen’s back and ready to teach again! The most rewarding experience for Karen was starting students from square one, then watching them perform a difficult famous classical composition in front of an audience.
“Having students enjoy piano playing is joyful and exciting”.
Karen enjoy listening and playing music from Handel, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Final Fantasy, J-Pop, and XJapan.