Mari Kodama


Mari Kodama is known for her natural musicality, tonal expressiveness, and as a benchmark Beethoven interpreter. She is one of the few female pianists to record the composer’s complete sonatas. Kodama was born in Osaka and raised in Germany and Paris. At the Conservatoire National in Paris, she studied piano with Germaine Mounier and chamber music with Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux. She also studied with Tatiana Nikolaeva and Alfred Brendel. Since her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1995, she has performed with renowned orchestras and conductors in the world’s leading concert halls. Kodama co-founded the Forest Hill Musical Days festival, a chamber music festival in San Francisco, with her husband Kent Nagano, and she has also led the chamber music series at the Orford Music Festival. In 2018 she assumed artistic directorship at the festival Tra Luce e Sogno in Postignano, Italy.