Kateri Lirio is a music teaching artist and multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano, commercial voice, ukulele, and songwriting in Los Angeles.
A product of the renown Orange County School of the Arts’s Instrumental Music Conservatory, Lirio sharpened her classical piano skills and music theory know-how, earning a “5” in AP Music Theory and completing the rigorous 10-Level Certificate of Merit program by the age of 16. She graduated Valedictorian in 2006.
Lirio continued her music education with a full scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona where she studied piano with multi GRAMMY-nominated, Dr. Nadia Shpachenko and Mike Garson (David Bowie). The university’s learn-by-doing philosophy landed her opportunities to perform the original arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”. She was awarded the Paul Anka Songwriting Endowment in 2009. Lirio graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named “Outstanding Graduate” at the top of her class in 2010. She continues to grow in her artistry and currently studies with commercial vocal coach, Alexandra Lee.
A professional collaborative pianist since the age of 14, Lirio honed her sight reading skills by playing a number of popular musical theater shows (The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Evita) and has shared the stage with Eden Espinosa (Wicked) and members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
Lirio also has a passion for social justice and giving back to communities. In 2013, she went on a mission trip to the Philippines to serve at the Hospicio de San Jose where she taught orphans and victims of domestic violence to find their voice. In 2016, she produced a collaborative Christmas album where the proceeds went to the Khalsa Peace Corps’s “Share-A-Meal” program, feeding those experiencing homelessness and loneliness during the holidays.