Faculty

 

Nanae Mimura (Marimba & Vibraphone)

 

Marimbist Nanae Mimura is acclaimed internationally for her virtuosic, passionate, and charismatic performances of a variety of repertoire ranging from classical music to pop and folk styles. She has performed widely across the U.S., including a New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in over 21 countries in Asia, Europe, Central America and South America. Ms. Mimura has been welcomed four times in Guatemala and was appointed the first honorary member of Guatemala Marimba Society in 2001. Ms. Mimura was the third recipient ever of the Premio Alosi award in Switzerland, and won the Percussive Arts Society Marimba Solo Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York.

Sony Records in Japan has released several of Mimura’s recordings, including "Marimba Spiritual" (2000), "Universe" (2002) and “Prana (2006). Her fourth solo album, “Marimba Crystal –prayer–” was released by Octavia Records in 2016. In 2014, Columbia Records in Japan released a live recording of Takashi Yoshimatsu's marimba concerto “Bird Rhythmics Op.109 performed by Ms. Mimura and the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra. Mimura commissioned and premiered the work in 2010 with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed it with the Tokyo Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras. 

In addition to performing, Ms. Mimura is an active educator and has been a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, as well as a guest faculty member at the Percussion Friends Chamber Music Academy in Amsterdam and at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Ms. Mimura served as a jury member at the Latin America Marimba Competition in Mexico, the Universal Marimba Competition & Festival in Belgium, the 3rd Italy International Percussion Festival & Competition, and the Thailand International Percussion Festival. Nanae Mimura is the founder of the Yatsugatake Marimba Camp and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Her signature mallets are available from Encore Mallets, Inc. Ms. Mimura received her Bachelor of Music degree from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and her Master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory with Nancy Zeltsman.

 

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Kazunori Suzuki (Percussion)

Kazunori Suzuki graduated from Senzoku Gakuen Collage of Music.

He has performed at the International Percussion Festival in Seoul on 2010 and the Taipei International Percussion Convention on 2011. 

Member of Okada Tomoyuki Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Performance Player, Taiko Samurai, etc.