Momoko Kamiya

Japanese marimbist Momoko Kamiya is director of the percussion department at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, the largest percussion department of the music universities in Japan. She is also regularly invited as a guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music and the Elizabeth Music University, and faculty at the Kunitachi College of Music.

Momoko Kamiya first received international recognition when she was awarded the first prize at the Luxembourg International Marimba competition in 1995. The Toyota Foundation selected her as one of “The Top Young Artists Today” in 2001. In 2005 she was recognized by Kawasaki City, Japan for her distinguished musical activities and received the Azalea Cultural Prize.

She actively presents concerts and masterclasses throughout Japan and abroad. She has served on the juries of international competitions in 10 countries, including the TROMP competition. In 2008, she had her New York City debut in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has made numerous concerto performances with major orchestras in Japan, Europe and Asia. Momoko Kamiya has released five recordings on the Phillips label. Her most recent CD, Pieces of Peace, has been released by the Classic Concert label in 2011.

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