Karin Kei Nagano
Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at age 3 and has worked with the late Germaine Mounier and the renowned teachers Vera Gornostayeva, Igor Lazko, Colette Zerah, Peter Frankl, Rita Wagner and Melvin Chen.
Her first highly acclaimed album, which featured two early Mozart piano concertos (12 & 13), was recorded with the Cecilia Quartet and released in 2014.
In March 2017, Karin released her second recording, featuring Bach’s Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772–801, also to high praise.
Karin began competing internationally in 2007, winning First Prize at the Paris International Scriabin Competition, 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 Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8, K. 246 with the orchestra of Dr. Wachtang Korisheli, Karin has appeared with the Bayerische Staatsorchester, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi Ensemble, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, and Japan Philharmonic performing a broad range of concerto repertoire spanning the Baroque to the late Romantic.
Recent highlights include performances at Montréal’s La Virée Classique festival and at San Francisco’s Forest Hill Musical Days with Veronika Eberle, Matt Haimovitz, and Edicson Ruiz; recitals at the Bravo Niagara Festival, the Blaibach Recital Series, the Festival Harmonies d’Automne in Paris; a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Augsburg; a concert with the Asia America Orchestra in Los Angeles; and duo recitals with her mother, pianist Mari Kodama, at the Fête de la Musique in Québec.
In addition to her music career, Karin, who is fluent in French, English, German and Japanese, enjoys writing, film production, theatre, and surfing.
In 2020, Karin graduated cum laude from Yale University, majoring with distinction in architecture.