Tomoko Kanamaru

The New York Philharmonic

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Tomoko Kanamaru first appeared with a professional orchestra at the age of nine in Tokyo. She made her U.S. concerto debut with the Savannah Symphony in December 2000, performing Grieg’s Concerto. Ms. Kanamaru has also made solo appearances with the National Repertory Orchestra (at the Breckenridge Music Festival), the Toledo Symphony, and the Binghamton Philharmonic. More recently she performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Middletown Symphony (Ohio), Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Petrushka with the Annapolis Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall, performed with the Philharmonic Quintet of New York, and made a recital appearance in Tokyo with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra members during the company’s Japan Tour. In September 2011 she participated in the New York Chamber Music Festival, to which she returned in the subsequent seasons. As a part of the Delphinium Trio, with violinist Elmira Darvarova and hornist Howard Wall, she performed in the opening concerts for the 11th Red Rocks Music Festival in Arizona. In addition to her performances on radio and television in the U.S., Japan, and Canada, she has recorded solo and chamber music for such labels as Nippon Columbia, MSR Classics, and Urlicht AudioVisual. Ms. Kanamaru was invited by the Yamaha Corporation of America to give master classes and lectures in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Chicago, Jackson, and Washington D.C., and has visited such academic institutions as the Indiana State, Syracuse, and Carnegie Mellon universities. In addition to writing articles for several Japanese music magazines, Ms. Kanamaru co-edited more than 30 volumes of pedagogical piano music for the Yamaha Music Foundation, and recently edited the piano part for Lauren Bernofsky’s Trumpet Concerto, published by Balquhidder Music. Ms. Kanamaru's workshop at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago in 2009 led to interviews with the Washington Post and BBC’s The World Today. Ms. Kanamaru holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, an advanced certificate from The Juilliard School, and doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Having previously taught at the UC-CCM, and College of Mount St. Joseph, Ms. Kanamaru currently serves as associate professor/keyboard area coordinator for The College of New Jersey.

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