Momoko Kamiya

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Momoko Kamiya

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Momoko Kamiya

Momoko Kamiya is recognized worldwide for her great performer and teacher quality. Japanese marimbist Momoko Kamiya is a director of the percussion department at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music where has the biggest percussion department among all the music universities in Japan. She is also a Guest Professor at Tokyo College of Music and Elizabeth Music University, and a faculty at Kunitachi College of Music. 

Momoko first received international recognition when she was awarded the first prize at the Luxembourg International Marimba competition in 1995. The Toyota Foundation selected her as one of “The Top Young Artists Today” in 2001. In 2005 she was recognized by Kawasaki City, Japan for her distinguished musical activities and received the Azalea Cultural Prize. She received the honor to be the first successful candidate to be accepted to Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in its history as a marimba soloist. In the following year she entered the Juilliard School and completed the Bachelor of Music and was honored with many scholarships. For many years, she actively presents concerts throughout Japan and various countries in Europe, America, and Asia. She also has often invited to give masterclasses at many music festivals and seminars in Japan as well as abroad abroad including International Summer Academy Mozarteum. She has served on the juries of international competitions in 10 countries including TROMP Eindhoven International Percussion Competition. In 2008, she had her New York City debut in Zankel at Carnegie Hall. She has made numerous concerto performances with major orchestras in Japan , Europe, and Asia .In 2011, she had the world premiere of the Marimba Concerto` Elpis` composed by Kazunori Miyake with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. She has released five recordings on the Phillips label. Her most recent CD, Pieces of Peace, has been released by the Classic Concert label in 2011.  Momoko Kamiya is a YAMAHA artist and excusively plays YM 5100 model. She is also a signature artist of Resta-Jay Percussions. Her signature marimba mallets have been developed from Resta-Jay Percussions.Japanese marimbist Momoko Kamiya is a director of the percussion department at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music where has the biggest percussion department among all the music universities in Japan. She is also a Guest Professor at Tokyo College of Music and Elizabeth Music University, and a faculty at Kunitachi College of Music. 

Momoko first received international recognition when she was awarded the first prize at the Luxembourg International Marimba competition in 1995. The Toyota Foundation selected her as one of “The Top Young Artists Today” in 2001. In 2005 she was recognized by Kawasaki City, Japan for her distinguished musical activities and received the Azalea Cultural Prize. She received the honor to be the first successful candidate to be accepted to Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in its history as a marimba soloist. In the following year she entered the Juilliard School and completed the Bachelor of Music and was honored with many scholarships. For many years, she actively presents concerts throughout Japan and various countries in Europe, America, and Asia. She also has often invited to give masterclasses at many music festivals and seminars in Japan as well as abroad abroad including International Summer Academy Mozarteum. She has served on the juries of international competitions in 10 countries including TROMP Eindhoven International Percussion Competition. In 2008, she had her New York City debut in Zankel at Carnegie Hall. She has made numerous concerto performances with major orchestras in Japan , Europe, and Asia .In 2011, she had the world premiere of the Marimba Concerto` Elpis` composed by Kazunori Miyake with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. She has released five recordings on the Phillips label. Her most recent CD, Pieces of Peace, has been released by the Classic Concert label in 2011.  Momoko Kamiya is a YAMAHA artist and excusively plays YM 5100 model. She is also a signature artist of Resta-Jay Percussions. Her signature marimba mallets have been developed from Resta-Jay Percussions.