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Mariko Anraku
Mariko Anraku Mariko Anraku is getting to be quite a well known harpist. Currently the associate principal harpist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Anraku has won her fair share of competitions, and maintains a healthy concert schedule.

Discography
Mariko Anraku (1999)
Fauré, Salzedo, Cage and others
Angel Classics 67270
Mariko Anraku: Harp Recital (1997)
Satie, Fauré, Scarlatti and others
EMI Classics 56515

Related Links
  • Concert Artists Guild Web site

  • Japan Arts Web site

  • Metropolitan Opera Web site

    Biography

    Mariko Anraku has won attention as one of the world's outstanding young harpists through numerous appearances as soloist and chamber musician. She has enchanted audiences throughout the world with her virtuosity and 'manifestation of grace and elegance' (Jerusalem Post). Her impressive list of competition awards include First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, where she also won the Channel Classics Recording Prize and ITT Corporation Prize, the Pro Musicis Foundation Award, First Prize of the Japan International Harp Competition, and Third Prize of the International Harp Contest in Israel, where she was also awarded the Pearl Chertok Prize for the best performance of the required Israeli composition.

    Since her debut as soloist with the Toronto Symphony conducted by Andrew Davis in 1987, Ms. Anraku has appeared with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Japan America Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Solisten among others. As a recitalist, she has been heard in major concert halls on three continents, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum, the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Palazzo dell'Esposizioni in Rome, and the Casals and Kioi Halls in Tokyo.

    Ms. Anraku's strong commitment to contemporary music and the expansion of the boundaries of the harp repertoire has included an invitation to premiere works by Toshio Hosakawa at the Donaueschingen Musiktage in Germany, the Wien Modern in Austria, and festivals in Tubingen and Cologne, Germany, collaborating with traditional Japanese musicians and monks. She has also toured Canada with the Millenium Music Society and has collaborated in a tribute to Takemitsu with Music from Japan at Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Other chamber music engagements have included the Spoleto, Tanglewood and the Newport Music Festivals in the United States, the Banff Festival of the Arts and the Festival of Sound in Canada, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the Karuizawa and Takefu Music festivals in Japan. She has also performed for the Harvard Music Association and Columbia University and has collaborated with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

    Highlights of the 2000-2001 included a recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Harvard and Purdue Universities, and an appearance with flutist Paula Robison at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Concert Series

    The 1999-2000 season took Ms. Anraku from coast to coast in the United States, including performances at the Water Music Festival in Washington State, to the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, to Key West, Florida. She also returned to play in Toronto, where she grew up. In April, Ms. Anraku performed in a trio concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and in June, she gave the U.S. premiere of Jean-Michel Damase's Concerto "Ballade" with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra at the annual American Harp Society conference. In July 2000, Ms. Anraku toured Japan, playing in Tokyo, Yokohama and other locations.

    Ms. Anraku is an exclusive recording artist with EMI Classics. Her two recordings include works by Rota, Tournier, Handel, Scarlatti, Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Hindemith, and Salzedo. Ms. Anraku is heard frequently by radio audiences throughout the world, on broadcasts by National Public Radio, WQXR and WNYC (New York) in the United States, CBC in Canada, and NHK in Japan.

    Ms. Anraku is Associate Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Nancy Allen. The recipient of an Artist's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she studied with Judy Loman, Ms. Anraku also has studied Art History at Tokyo's Sophia University. Her other teachers have included Lanalee deKant and her aunt Kumiko Inoue. Ms. Anraku has contributed to community service projects regularly by performing in hospitals, drug rehabilitation centers, prisons, schools for the blind, homes for the elderly and other similar facilities in the United States, France, Italy, and Japan.

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