KARIN KEI NAGANO – J.S. Bach : Inventions & Sinfonias

March 01, 2017

Eternal harmony!

Analekta is extremely proud to announce the release of the second album by young pianist Karin Kei Nagano, devoted to the Inventions and Sinfonias of Johann Sebastian Bach. This cycle of 30 short studies, composed as musical exercises for Bach’s eldest son, went on to become an invaluable reference tool among students and a true source of inspiration for numerous musicians.

The daughter of Maestro Kent Nagano and pianist Mari Kodama, Karin Kei Nagano looked, for this album, at the original version of the work, entitled Klavierbüchlein. That version – which starts with the key containing the fewest sharps and flats and whose complexity increases with each key change, creating as such a symmetric cycle of keys – seemed more fluid in the eyes of the musician.

Under the gifted pianist’s fingers, a fascinating musical dialogue unfolds, exposing little by little the structural, emotional and spiritual beauty of these Inventions and Sinfonias, creating highly distinct little worlds in each of the pieces.

Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, Karin Kei Nagano began her music studies at the age of three, working over the years under such internationally recognized musicians as Germaine Mounier, Igor Lazko, Rita Wagner and Peter Frankl. She currently pursues her academic studies at Yale College. Karin Kei is the winner of a number of important distinctions, including first prize and special jury prize at the Scriabin International Piano Competition in 2007, first prize and best interpretation prize at the Berlin International Piano Competition in 2007, and first prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition, 2009-2010.

Her first album, Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 13, recorded with the Cecilia String Quartet and released in February 2014, was very favorably received by both critics and music lovers.


But what makes you want to hear Nagano…is the cadenzas: they’re hugely witty and brimming with personality. – Gramophone

Nagano explores the works with great maturity and refinement…” – Classic FM (UK)



Karin Kei Nagano will offer a recital on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Festival Montréal en lumière.