Mari Kodama is an international pianist. She was born in Osaka, Japan and raised in Paris, France. She is known for her musicality and articulate virtuosity, playing a wide repertoire, powerfully yet elegantly.
She studied piano at the Conservatoire National in Paris, under Germaine Mounier, and chamber music under Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux.
Kodama is a founding member of chamber music festivals in San Francisco, Sapporo, and Gmunden. She and her husband, conductor Kent Nagano, present Musicaldays at Forest Hill, an unusual festival that among all her initiatives has most caught her interest.
Kodama has recorded with the Naxos label, playing Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 21 (Waldstein), 23 (Appassionata) and 26 (Les Adieux). For the Dutch label PentaTone Classics, she has recorded Super Audio CD releases of music by Beethoven. With her husband leading the Russian National Orchestra, she has recorded piano concerti by Frédéric Chopin and Carl Loewe.
- "Mari Kodama, painist". Colbert Artists Management. March 2012.
- "Mari Kodama: BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas on PENTATONE". FanFare. November 2012.
- "Frédéric Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21; Carl Loewe, Piano Concerto No. 2 in A". PentaTone Classics. 2003.