Mari Kodama has established an international reputation for profound musicality and articulate virtuosity at the keyboard. In performances throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, she plays a broad repertoire in a powerful yet elegant style.
This season, she premiered Jean Pascal Beinthus' Double Piano Concerto with the Japan Osaka Century Orchestra and her sister Momo Kodama, with whom she will perform duo recitals in Japan. In 2012, she joins the New Japan Philharmonic for Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1, performs and records the Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata, and makes her first appearance at La Jolla Summerfest. She will also perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the Martinue Double Concerto in Montpellier conducted by Laurence Foster. She appears annually at the Folles Journés Festival and continues to lead Forest Hill Musical Days, the cooperative chamber music festival she founded with her husband, conductor Kent Nagano, in their San Francisco community.
Last season, Ms. Kodama performed with the Montreal Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, and the Japan Philharmonic. She has played with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Tokyo's NHK Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Bamberg Symphony and American Symphony. She appears regularly with both the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in Tokyo.
Mari Kodama has presented exceptionally well-received complete Beethoven sonata cycles in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Nagoya, and has appeared in recital in France, Spain, Germany and much of the U.S. In February 2008 she performed a special program in Vienna with pianist Marino Formenti celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Schoenberg Center.
She has recorded Prokofiev concerti Nos. 1 and 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra on the ASV label, and Chopin No. 2 and Carl Loewe's 2nd piano concerto with the Russian National Orchestra on PentaTone Classics. She is also featured on a recording of Beethoven piano sonatas [PTC 5186 067]. This release, the fourth instalment in her traversal of the complete Beethoven sonatas for the Dutch label, features Op.2, Nos. 1, 2, and 3. She has recorded the Beethoven Piano concerti Nos. 1-3 with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Mari Kodama was born in Osaka and raised in Paris. At the Conservatoire National in Paris, she studied piano with Germaine Mounier and chamber music with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux. She has also worked with Tatiana Nikolaeva and Alfred Brendel.
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