Biography

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".

 

 

Discography

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas "Moonlight" & "Pathétique" & No.4 Op.7

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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas "Waldsein", "Appassionata" and "Les adieux"

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Frédéric Chopin & Carl Loewe - Piano Concertos

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Super Audio CD Sampler

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Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Op.22, Op.26, Op.27, Op.54)

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Beethoven Piano Sonatas Op.109, Op.110, Op.111

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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 16, 17 "Tempest" and 18 "The Hunt"

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Beethoven Piano Sonatas

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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 3

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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 9, 10, 19, 20, 24, 25

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Mari Kodama - Beethoven Piano Sonatas

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Pentatone Limited - Creating Timeless Classics

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Beethoven The Complete Piano Sonatas

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Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suites for Piano Duo

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Manuel de Falla - Noches en los jardines de España / El sombrero de tres picos

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