Mari Kodama’s Sonatenabend at the 3rd Chopin Festival Hamburg (July 2021)

At the 3rd Chopin Festival Hamburg Mari Kodama gave a sonata recital, playing works by Chopin Ravel and Dutilleux.
The recital took place on 12 June 2021 and was broadcast live on YouTube.

Chopin: Sonata No. 2 b-minor op. 35
Grave; Doppio movimento | Scherzo | Marche funèbre: Lento | Finale. Presto
Ravel: Sonatine pour piano
Modéré | Mouvt de Menuet | Animé
Dutilleux: Sonata 
Allegro con moto | Lied | Choral et variations

Here you can watch the full concert:

Kent Nagano and Mari Kodama in Ravello (July 2021)

Kent Nagano, together with Mari Kodama and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin are guests at the Ravello Festival in Italy. The program of the concert on 1 July 2021 and 8:00 pm at Belvedere di Villa Rufolo will contain Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3.READ MORE

Mari Kodama at the 3. Chopin Festival Hamburg (June 2021)

Mari Kodama will give a sonata recital at the 3rd Chopin Festival Hamburg on Saturday, 12 June 2021 at 8:15 pm. After the festival had to be cancelled last summer, it will finally take place and will also be broadcast live on the YouTube channel by the Chopin Gesellschaft Hamburg & Sachsenwald e.V.

Saturday 12 June 2021, 8:15 p.m., 3rd Chopin Festival Hamburg.
Mari Kodama: “Sonata Evening: Chopin, Ravel and H. Dutilleux.”
Erard (1880) / Shigeru Kawai SK7 (2019).
Works by F. Chopin, M. Ravel, H. Dutilleux

Mari Kodama in a Livestream Concert (February 2021)

Mari Kodama, together with pianist Momo Kodama, violinists Sarah Nemtanu and Debora Nemtanu, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) under Alexandre Bloch will play a livestream concert from Katowice on 12 February. The program will feature Poulenc’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra and Martinů’s Concerto in D Major for Two Violins and Orchestra.READ MORE

Mari Kodama

Pentatone released two CDs by Mari Kodama last year. The solo CD Kaleidoscope – Beethoven Transcriptions with transcriptions of Beethoven’s string quartets for piano by Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky and Balakirev as well as Beethoven’s variations of the finale of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Then the duo CD MON AMI, Mon amour – French Repertoire for Cello and Piano with Matt Haimovitz, with works by Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Darius Milhaudso.

In December 2020, the world premiere of John Neumeier’s new ballet with Mari Kodama at the piano was scheduled, with a total of 13 performances of Beethoven Project II. More information about dates will be announced soon. Here you can already find some impressions.


Mari Kodama’s Letter to Beethoven on Deutschlandfunk (December 2020)

“Dear Ludwig, the world today would be so different without your music”

Since early childhood, Beethoven’s music has played an important role in the life of the pianist Mari Kodama, she writes in her letter to the composer in the series “Letters to Beethoven” of Deutschlandfunk. Even after 40 years of engagement with his music, she is still surprised by discoveries time and again.

Here you can read the letter and have Mari Kodama read it to you.


Mari Kodama’s Album Launch (November 2020)

Mari Kodama will release the new CD “MON AMI, Mon amour – French Repertoire for Cello and Piano” together with Matt Haimovitz on November 6, 2020 on PENTATONE. The works of Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Darius Milhaud.

The vibrant musical palette of cellist Matt Haimovitz and the graceful insight of pianist Mari Kodama exquisitely meld in MON AMI, Mon amour.

The Virtual Album Launch will take place on Friday November 13th at 16.00 – LIVE on Facebook.

Here you can also listen to the album.


Mari Kodama’s “Kaleidoscope – Beethoven Transcriptions” (July 2020)

Mari Kodama, who has set Beehoven as a focal point in her discography, once again demonstrates her extraordinary abilities as a benchmark Beethoven interpreter with her CD Kaleidoscope – Beethoven Transcriptions. She is one of the few pianists ever to have released all 32 piano sonatas (PENTATONE, 2014) and now her recording of transcriptions for piano of Beethoven’s string quartets by Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky and Balakirev as well as Beethoven’s Variations on the Finale of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintets has been well received.READ MORE