Karin Kei Nagano

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

In February 2014, Karin Kei Nagano released her first highly acclaimed disc on the Analekta label with the Cecilia Quartet featuring two of Mozart’s early piano concertos, Nos. 12 & 13.  Summer 2016 sees her record her second CD featuring works by Bach, also for Analekta.

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). Since her professional debut in 2007 in a performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto K246 with the orchestra of Dr. Wachtang Korisheli, Karin has appeared with the Bayerische Staatsorchester, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Schwaebisches Jugendsymphoniorchester, and the Attaca Orchestra. Recent highlights feature her Los Angeles debut performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, opus 15 with the Asia America Youth Symphony, her recital debut at the Festival Harmonies d’Automne in Paris, her orchestral debut in Japan, a concert of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Augsburg, and duo recitals with her mother, pianist Mari Kodama, at the Fête de la Musique in Quebec, the Bravo Niagara Festival and the Oxford Piano Festival.

In addition to her music career, Karin, who is fluent in French, English, German and Japanese, enjoys creative writing, bicycling, painting, ballet, jazz dance, and swimming. She will begin studies at Yale University in the fall of 2016.

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