Mahani Teave
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Background information
Birth nameMahani Teave Williams
Born (1983-02-14) February 14, 1983 (age 40)
Hawaii, U.S.
OriginEaster Island, Chile

Mahani Teave (born 14 February 1983) is a classical pianist from Easter Island, Chile.


Teave was born on Hawaii, to a Rapa Nui father and an American mother.[1] She attended the Austral University and studied music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Hanns Eisler Music Academy (where she received the Konrad Adenauer Fellowship).[2][3]


Teave during a presentation in Iquique, Chile, 2012.
Teave during a presentation in Iquique, Chile, 2012.

Teave is considered Easter Island's only classical musician.[3] She began playing Western classical music as a child, and, after her teacher left the island, Teave's family moved to mainland Chile so she could continue her musical education.[2]

Teave has toured globally, including performances throughout Chile, Europe, and Asia.[2] Her first performance in Canada was in 2014 at the Carleton University symposium celebrating Franz Liszt.[3]

In 2012, Teave founded the Easter Island Music School, the island's first music school, teaching piano, cello, ukulele, and violin.[2][4][5] She and her husband, Enrique Icka, manage the NGO Toki Rapa Nui, which helps sponsor the school.[6]

In 2020, producer and filmmaker John Forsen released a documentary, Song of Rapa Nui, about Teave.[7] The documentary focuses on her life journey through music as well as her contemporary work in conservation. In 2021, Teave released her debut album, Rapa Nui Odyssey.[7] It includes pieces by Bach, Chopin, Handel, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.


In 2008, Teave's performance of Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 1 (with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile) was awarded the APES Prize for the best classical music performance in Chile.[3][8]

Additional awards Teave has won include the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition (2004), the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition (1999), and Merit Prize (arts) from Andrés Bello University (2012).[3]

In 2012 Teave was selected to become a Steinway & Sons Artist.[3][9] In 2016 she received the Advancement of Women Award from Scotiabank for her leadership and work on Easter Island promoting music.[10]


  1. ^ "Pianista pascuense debuta con la Orquesta Sinfónica". EMOL (in Spanish). 25 July 2006. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Long, Gideon (7 August 2012). "Easter Island's only concert pianist". BBC News. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Celebrating Liszt" (PDF). Carleton University. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Pianist Mahani Teave launches international campaign to build a music school in Easter Island". This is Chile. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ Edwards, Isabel Custer (13 January 2017). "The Music School on the Most Isolated Island in the World". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Rapa Nui School of music and arts". Imagina Rapa Nui. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  7. ^ a b Thomas May (26 February 2021). "From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  8. ^ In-sil, Yang (December 2012). "KF Gallery Open Stage". KoreaFoundation. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Mahani Teave". Steinway & Sons. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Scotiabank entregó reconocimiento a Mahani Teave". (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 November 2017.