"I believe that between every note, every phrase can be the transcendent moment, where we experience that which is from heaven.


My passion is to see others experience the transcendent love of God through music— to feel and to know, that there is indeed, more than music."


Rio Watanabe is a pianist and coach. Via her coaching program, she helps ambitious, creative go-getters define and build a heart-centered lifestyle and business they love. She helps women tune into their intuitive essence, break the chains of outdated inner stories that are holding them back, and live a purpose-infused life feeling vibrant, rooted, and alive inside and out.

As a pianist, she has been featured on TBS Japanese National Television, and has been a guest soloist at the Langham Place, London, as well as the Vredenburg Concert Hall in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She is the first prize winner at the Dobrich-Albena Piano Competition in Bulgaria, and was selected as the finalist at the Crescendo Summer Festival gala concert competition in Hungary. She is also the first prize winner of the Klaas Dijkstra Foundation Entrepreneurship Award in music education. She has performed at festivals such as the Portland International Piano Festival in the USA, the "Muziek aan de Waal" Festival, and "Peter de Groot" Festival in the Netherlands.
Rio holds a Master's degree in piano performance from Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands), as well as a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Prince Claus Conservatory (NL). She is a Sara James Scholar graduate from Bowdoin College (USA), and holds a Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences (Pre-Med) with a focus on neuroscience and psychology. She also holds a Dutch certification in Music Education, and has been teaching piano privately for 10 years. She is also serving as the keyboardist at Motion Church in the worship team.


She is a graduate of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy, and is honored to be part of the inspiring collective of coaches as a Beautiful You Life Coach. The Academy is ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited, and is led by Julie Parker, Australia’s leading women’s life coach & speaker.
Rio is Japanese by origin, and immigrated to the USA at a young age. She is married to a wonderful Dutchman and currently resides in the beautiful city of Utrecht, the Netherlands.


"not about me" music project
hillsong worship school