Mari Kodama’s profoundly nuanced yet natural musicality and her unique ability to unite tonal expressivity with a clear sense of form have made her a leading international pianist. An authoritative Beethoven interpreter, Mari earns consistent praise for her virtuosity across a broad range of repertoire that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo works by composers of all eras.
In 2017-18, Mari Kodama appears in concert with the Düsseldorf Symphony under Michiyoshi Inoue in Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto with her sister Momo Kodama, with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, again under Michiyoshi Inoue in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, and with the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under David Coleman in Carl Loewe’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Spring 2018 takes her from the Trans-Siberian Art Festival, to Sherbooke, Canada for Mozart’s Concerto KV488 under Stéphane Laforest, and to Holland and Germany for duo recitals with Momo Kodama. Mari Kodama also completes her cycle of the Beethoven Sonatas in Japan, which started in summer 2016, playing the last three sonatas in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo.
Mari Kodama’s discography features two new releases: Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Suites for Piano Duo, with Momo Kodama and Manuel de Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Kazuki Yamada (both on Pentatone). In 2018, Pentatone, with whom Mari Kodama shares a long-term collaboration, will release her recording of Martinu’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, together with Momo Kodama and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille under Lawrence Foster.
Beethoven’s piano works form a focal point of Mari Kodama’s recording activities, and her interpretations have become standard-setting. She is one of few female pianists to record the composer’s complete sonatas, and her 2014 boxed set release of these pieces at the label Pentatone received critical acclaim.
Mari Kodama is a regular jury member of international competitions. In 2017-2018, she will judge the invitation-only participants competing in the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris’ Play-Direct Academy’s final round of performing and conducting and will serve as the President of the jury of the Busoni International Piano Competition.
“Intelligently measured power and passionate conviction.”