Karin Kei Nagano

Performing with her mother Mari Kodama - Saturday April 25, 2015 @ 2PM - Stratus Vineyards

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But what makes you want to hear Nagano…in some future spotlight is the cadenzas: they’re hugely witty and brimming with personality.
— Gramophone

 Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at age 3 and has worked with the internationally celebrated Germaine Mounier, Igor Lazko, Vadim Suhanov and Alexander Paley. She currently studies with Vera Gornostaeva in Moscow and Collette Zerah, the renowned French pianist and specialist in French repertoire.

Karin began competing internationally in 2007, winning First Prize at the Paris International Scriabin Competition and First Prize and Best Interpretation Prize at the Berlin International Piano Competition and First Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition (2009-10). The Suddeutsche Zeitung said of her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Attacca Orchestra: "...the pianist, aged 13, played with immense sensibility creating an extraordinary atmosphere and tone...she played her encore, Mendelssohn Song without Words, in a breath-taking performance of virtuosity and refinement…"


Since her professional debut in 2007 in a performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto K246 with the orchestra of Dr. Wachtang Korisheli, Karin has performed with the Bayerische Staatsorchester at the Grassau Festival, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Schwaebisches Jugendsymphoniorchester, and the Attaca Orchestra. The 2013-2014 season featured her recital debut at the Festival Harmonies d’Automne in Paris, a concert of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Augsburg and an appearance in Montreal. In spring 2015 she appears at Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and in the summer will make her UK debut  at the Oxford Piano Festival.

Karin’s recently released first CD - Mozart Piano Concertos Nos.12 & 13 with the Cecilia String Quartet has been acclaimed by the press: “But what makes you want to hear Nagano…in some future spotlight is the cadenzas: they’re hugely witty and brimming with personality” (Gramophone) and “Nagano explores it with great maturity and refinement while the supporting quartet sounds expressive and full-bodied.” (Classic FM).

Karin travels extensively with her parents, conductor Kent Nagano and pianist Mari Kodama, regularly joining them on their international tours. Fluent in French, English, German and Japanese, she divides her academic and professional studies between Paris and Munich. Beyond the world of professional music, Karin enjoys creative writing, bicycling, painting, ballet, jazz dance, and swimming.