Kei Rush



Kei Rush

Kei is from Tokyo, Japan. As a classically trained violinist, she started her music career as a second violinist of the Mercyhurst College String Quartet, a featured soloist with the Erie Chamber Orchestra,the Erie Summer Festival (Broadcasted) the McKeesport Symphony, Slippery Rock  University orchestra, and Duquesne Symphony Orchestra.

Back home, Kei was honored to perform for the Yomiuri News Times Annual Competition for Field  Excellence at the Tokyo Bunka Hall upon her graduation from Osaka University of Arts and also invited to perform Mozart Violin Concert #3 at an annual Osaka Music Summer festival.


Kei feels blessed to have diverse opportunities playing for numerous musicals on the stage of the Benedum Center as well as playing for big stars like Johnny Mathis, Sarah Brightman, Tony Bennet to name a few.

She has developed passion for expanding her musical vocabulary in jazz and is very happy about having made her jazz debut with the “Jazz Vespers” concert series at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh in September, 2014.

As a native of Japan, Kei has been passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge of Japanese language/culture that led her to the teaching positions at Winchester Thurston, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and currently a lecturer in Japanese Culture at Duquesne University.