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Mariko Kaneda began her studies in Geneva, Switzerland and later was accepted to the Paris Conservatoire where she was graduated with the Premier Prix. An award winner, she has won prizes at the Montreal International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, and the European Piano Competition in Luxembourg. Her orchestral appearances include engagements with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bordeaux-Aquitaine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra (Australia), the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Choral Arts Society, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Mariko has performed at Trinity Church, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Hall. Her performances have been broadcast in New York (WQXR), France (France-Musique), Australia (ABC-FM) and Japan (NHK-FM).

As an active chamber musician, she has collaborated with violinist Anastasia Tchebotaryova, a prize-winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Aaron Rosand; with cellists Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse; violist Paul Neubauer; and the Colorado String Quartet. Her participation in music festival includes the East End Chamber Series in Adelaide, Australia, and Bard Music Festival. In January 2002, she performed the U.S. premiere of the Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Sextet at Ohio State University and participates regularly in OSU’s contemporary music festivals. Since 1998, Mariko also performs regularly with the Lighthouse Chamber Players based in Cape Cod.

She resides in Columbus with her husband David Niwa, assistant concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony. Mariko travels regularly to her native Japan to give master classes, and perform solo recitals and duo recitals with David.  They also play in the Canaletto Ensemble on the Sunday at Central series in downtown Columbus.   

Mariko holds a master's degree in Piano Performance from Mannes College The New School of Music and a doctoral degree in Piano Performance from the Graduate Center City University of New York. Her teachers include Dominique Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Pascal Devoyon, Edward Aldwell, and Carl Schachter. She is currently on the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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