Mari Kodama

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Mari Kodama is an international pianist. She was born in Osaka, Japan and raised in Paris, France.[1] 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 has performed throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan. She is especially known for playing Mozart and Beethoven.

In 2002, she gave her final performance of the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, which she presented over three consecutive seasons in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California.

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.[2] With her husband leading the Russian National Orchestra, she has recorded piano concerti by Frédéric Chopin and Carl Loewe.[3]



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