Jack Wallace was born on August 14, 1952, and grew up in Modesto, California, where he started piano lessons at four, took part in recitals at five, and played percussion in school orchestras through junior high. Raised on classical music, he loved ragtime, show tunes and the standards of his parents’ generation. He learned “Rhapsody in Blue” at 16, studied theater at UCLA and the piano with Aube Tzerko.

Jack settled in Cincinnati in 1973, spending the rest of the ‘70’s as a café pianist, before moving to Ananda Village, near Nevada City, California in ‘79. Continuing piano with Gary Goldschneider, he performed a 1985 solo concert at the American Victorian Museum, broadcast on KVMR, and played “Rhapsody in Blue” the following year with the Sierra Philharmonic.

That summer he discovered the Suzuki Method and moved to Japan. Studying with Shinichi Suzuki and Haruko Kataoka through 1991, he then took a two-year position at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before opening the Suzuki Piano School of La Crosse in 1993.

Over the next eleven years, Jack taught some 25,000 lessons to some 300 students and recorded two CDs, “My Romance” and “I Love a Piano.” In 2001, he presented a series of solo concerts at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

Jack returned to Ananda in 2004. In 2005, the Foothill Theater Company featured him in 35 performances of “My Way.”

He opened the Suzuki Piano School at Ananda Village in 2009.

In 2010, he began teaching his first internet student on Skype.