Pianist 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 Tchaikovsky Competition, Aaron Rosand, and 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 participated regularly in OSU’s contemporary music festivals. Mariko performed with the Lighthouse Chamber Players based in Cape Cod for many years and has been invited to the Roycroft Chamber Music festival in East Aurora, NY since 2015.
She resides in Columbus, Ohio, and performs chamber music recitals regularly on the Sunday @ Central series in downtown Columbus. She is currently on the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University.