Momo Kodama

Piano

Praised for her “impeccable technique and facility for crystalline sounds” (American Record Guide), “her natural ease and keen sense for drama” (BBC Music Magazine), “deliciously pearly touch” (Classical-Music) and “crisp, pointed and sensuous playing” (San Francisco Chronicle) Momo Kodama has built up an impressive career with performances with world-renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, NHK Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Lawrence Foster and André Previn. She has appeared at the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam and the Wigmore Hall in London.

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Praised for her “impeccable technique and facility for crystalline sounds” (American Record Guide), “her natural ease and keen sense for drama” (BBC Music Magazine), “deliciously pearly touch” (Classical-Music) and “crisp, pointed and sensuous playing” (San Francisco Chronicle) Momo Kodama has built up an impressive career with performances with world-renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, NHK Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Lawrence Foster and André Previn. She has appeared at the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam and the Wigmore Hall in London.
She is a regular guests at festivals including Marlboro, Verbier, La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival Chopin, Festival d’Automne, Festival Saint-Denis, Enesco Festival, Tivoli Festival, Settembre Musica, Schleswig-Holstein, Miyazaki and Matsumoto (Seiji Ozawa).

Momo Kodama enjoys making chamber music with partners including Christian Tetzlaff, Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay, Gautier Capuçon, Steven Isserlis and Jörg Widmann.  She also devised and performed a programme for the 100th anniversary of Debussy’s death, with actor Pascal Rénéric and bariton Josep-Ramon Olivé at La Bellevilloise in Paris with further repeats in France and China.

Her repertoire ranges from the classical and romantic periods to contemporary works. Composers such as Toshio Hosokawa, Jörg Widmann and Christian Mason have written especially for her. Momo Kodama is regarded as a highly distinguished interpreter of Olivier Messiaen’s oeuvre (among which the Turangalîla-Symphonie, the Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, the Catalogue d’Oiseaux), and premiered his Fantaisie for Violin and Piano with Isabelle Faust in 2006.

Her latest recording for ECM, released in spring 2021, features concertos by Mozart and Toshio Hosokawa, with the Mito Chamber Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Prior to this, her CD “La vallée des cloches” and “Point and Line – Hosokawa/Debussy Etudes” also released by ECM, received outstanding reviews from the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine (recording of the month), Classica (“Choc”), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, In addition, Momo Kodama has recorded two CD’s for Pentatone together with her pianist sister Mari with works by Tchaikovsky and Martinů, as well as four CD’s for Triton with works by Chopin, Debussy and Messiaen.

Born in Osaka in Japan, Momo Kodama spent her early years in Europe: educated at a German school, she attended the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. She continued her studies under Murray Perahia, András Schiff, Vera Gornostaeva and Tatiana Nikolayeva. In 1991, she became the youngest laureate of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Momo Kodama is based in Paris. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, especially for and with friends and family.

Representation

General Management: Nymus Artists
Japan: Hirasa Office

 

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“The biggest challenge here is the Concerto for Two Pianos… the Kodama sisters’ approach with Lawrence Foster and the very…” →“The biggest challenge here is the Concerto for Two Pianos… the Kodama sisters’ approach with Lawrence Foster and the very fine Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra (who knew?) is less mellow, more hard-hitting [than Bělohlávek’s 2009 Proms performance]… but also alive to the dizzying outer movements… The disc as a whole is another unmissable addition to the Martinů discography.” ←
– BBC Music Magazine, 01/07/2018
“Forget other recordings of Debussy’s Etudes. Not that this is better than Gieseking, Pollini, Uchida, Bavouzet and the rest –…” →“Forget other recordings of Debussy’s Etudes. Not that this is better than Gieseking, Pollini, Uchida, Bavouzet and the rest – it’s merely that such comparisons are redundant… Kodama brings a wonderful capacity for stillness to Hosokawa’s often ascetic language… but this is an inventive exploration of both composers.” ←
– BBC Music Magazine, 01/06/2017
“[Messiaen’s] distinctively pungent harmonies and ecstatic resolutions are all here, but in a span which takes us through a rich…” →“[Messiaen’s] distinctively pungent harmonies and ecstatic resolutions are all here, but in a span which takes us through a rich range of places and times of day, from nocturnal mystery to the energy of choruses of birds, each given distinct character and brought to life with startling virtuosity by Momo Kodama… By the end you are gasping in wonder, and the half-hour has passed as if by magic.” ←
– MusicWeb International, 08/01/2014
“(…) Momo Kodama offrait un récital conçu avec intelligence… Des correspondances se dévoilent entre les différents compositeurs, les univers se poétisent…” →“(…) Momo Kodama offrait un récital conçu avec intelligence… Des correspondances se dévoilent entre les différents compositeurs, les univers se poétisent fondent de nouveaux rapports entre les êtres et leur perception du monde, on est emporté dans un voyage où les notes liquides de Debussy, aériennes, conversent avec les silences et les emportements d’Hosakawa, donnent des clés de lecture pour les autres compositeurs, façonnent une écoute renouvelée.  La pianiste sert les œuvres avec une clarté, une élégance virtuoses, éclaire les propos sans chercher d’effet (…) Un bijou de finesse ! Festival de La Roque d’Anthéron” ←
– Maryvonne Colombani, 06/08/2017