One can say, without exaggeration, that in Mari Kodama’s world, everything revolves around music. So it has been since her childhood. From the age of ten Mari - born in Osaka Japan - knew her dream job. She wanted to become a pianist, because in her words “I always, always wanted to play piano. Back then I thought the whole world played piano”. The artist, who grew up in France and Germany, studied both piano with Germaine Mounier and chamber music with Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux at the Paris Conservatoire National. In doing so, she laid the groundwork for the craftsmanship and creativity of her thoughtfully retrospective yet forward-looking international career.
Mari Kodama consciously rejects the current trend in music to always play higher, faster, and more excessively. “It’s not about finishing things off quickly. On the contrary, I believe that in the course of our life we can always keep improving.” Following this principle she has decided to take ample time for important artistic projects. Her performances of the 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven for Pentatone were recorded over a period of eleven years. “Good things come with time” she grins. In interviews, the Japanese pianist compared the task to “ascending a summit in the Himalayas”. Only few pianists succeed in reaching this artistic summit on all the Sonatas. Critics were thrilled by the playing of the “elegant cosmopolitan”.
Indeed, the life and works of Mari Kodama contain a cosmopolitan flair. Japanese roots, American residence, and a German-French upbringing all come together in her wonderful persona. And when the Kodamas are not playing together, going to concerts, or discussing exciting interpretations, Mari Kodama’s second great passion comes into play: cooking. She has a great love for cooking (and eating). On her website www.marikodama.com, she presents her favorite recipes in the Kitchen section, which mainly consist of Iranian cuisine. Not only for the family, but also for her recording team the ever-modest artist likes to cook her own creations like her famous "After Concert Steak".
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas "Moonlight" & "Pathétique" & No.4 Op.7
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas "Waldsein", "Appassionata" and "Les adieux"
Frédéric Chopin & Carl Loewe - Piano Concertos
Super Audio CD Sampler
Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Op.22, Op.26, Op.27, Op.54)
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Op.109, Op.110, Op.111
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 16, 17 "Tempest" and 18 "The Hunt"
Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 3
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 9, 10, 19, 20, 24, 25
Mari Kodama - Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Pentatone Limited - Creating Timeless Classics
Beethoven The Complete Piano Sonatas
Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suites for Piano Duo
Manuel de Falla - Noches en los jardines de España / El sombrero de tres picos
Martinu - Double Concertos
10 July 2018
"...the disc as a whole is another unmissable addition to the Martinu discography." ...
01 March 2018
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, March 2018 Besides the two releases that have already been...
31 July 2017
"T he OSR perform both works with great refinement and play with virtuoso understatement throughout. ...
09 January 2017
"Mari and Momo Kodama grew up hearing The Nutcracker. That deep familiarity gives their performance of the ...
20 October 2016
For their release of Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suites Transcribed for Piano Duo sisters Mari Kodama and Momo Kodama ...
05 July 2016
This summer, PENTATONE is offering an exclusive Global Discount of 20% on all products in the PENTATONE webshop! &...
17 April 2015
"Nine CDs richly documented with Kodama’s own analysis of each sonata, the PentaTone sound is state of...
26 January 2015
"She lets Beethoven's music slide into timelessness" « Time was the greatest gift&...
10 December 2014
Mari Kodama inaugurated her Beethoven Sonatas boxset in two succesful events on 3rd and 5th December in Canada. Ha...
30 January 2014
As PENTATONE celebrates its 13th anniversary and prepares for a changing of the guard, it is time to reflect on i...