Biography

The pianist Mari Kodama has made an international name for herself as a sensitive and outstandingly virtuosic performer. She has repeatedly demonstrated her very personal, unique style in appearances throughout Europe, the USA and Japan in widely varied programmes.

Climaxes in her concert career so far have been the appearances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and in Montreal, Singapore, Berlin, Osnabruck and Baden-Baden and the concerts featuring works by Bach and Takemitsu at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She has performed Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In Japan she makes regular guest appearances in Tokyo with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. She has performed the cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas with great success in Los Angeles and given recitals in Japan, Spain and Germany and the USA.


She once again led the "Music Workshop" during the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival in the summer of 2013.

Together with Kent Nagano, Mari Kodama founded the Music Days at Forest Hill, a chamber-music concert series in San Francisco. Mari Kodama's repertoire includes works by Bach, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Schumann and Schubert, as well as more modern music. At the Orford Festival in Canada in the summer of 2010, for example, she performed the premiere of Jorg Widmann's "Valse Bavaroise" and the Canadian first performance of his "Humoresken" as well as the premier of Jean-Pascal Beintus' "Cinéma Rhapsodie" in Monte Carlo in 2012.

Mari Kodama made her New York recital debut at the Carnegie Hall in 1995. She has performed at prestigious music festivals like Mostly Mozart and those at the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Aspen, Lockenhaus, Lyon, Montpellier, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Verbier and Evian-les-Bains. The orchestras she has performed with include the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia, the Halle Orchestra, the NDR Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Symphony and the NHK Orchestra of Tokyo.

The final two parts of the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas series were released in 2013. They won acclaim from the start, with one reviewer claiming that her Appassionata is "even more fiery than Pollini's". Her recordings of the Second Piano Concertos of Chopin and Loewe with the Russian National Orchestra and Kent Nagano have likewise been released. The recordings of Piano Concertos No. 4 and No. 5 now complement the Beethoven cycle, including the Triple Concerto. Mari Kodama was born in Osaka and grew up in Dusseldorf and Paris. She studied piano with Germaine Mounier and chamber music with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux, going on to work with Tatyana Nikolayeva and Alfred Brendel.

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