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Midori Koga



With performances described as “passionate” (Ann Arbor News), “meltingly lovely”, “rippling clean”  (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “with exquisite tone colors” (Fanfare Magazine), pianist Midori Koga has been featured as soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, US, Spain, Taiwan and Austria, including highlight appearances in New York’s Merkin Hall, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, for the ProMozart Society of Detroit, and has held performance residencies with Interlochen Centre for the Arts, Cleveland Composers Forum, and Connecticut Summerfest.  Chamber music collaborations include those with the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS and with Soundstreams Ensemble Canada as guests of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  In addition, she has performed with the Esprit Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in their New Creations Festival. Internationally released recordings can be heard on the Albany, Equilibrium, Fleur de Son, NAXOS, Blue Griffin and Centrediscs labels.  


HAVEN (https://www.haventrio.com/) with co-founding members clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano and soprano Lindsay Kesselman has been active commissioning, premiering and recording new works for voice, clarinet and piano for the past decade.  Haven is recipient of two Chamber Music America commissioning grants, a Barlow Foundation commissioning grant, and an Ontario Arts Council grant and is proud to have ongoing relationships with composers throughout US and Canada. 


Recent recordings with NEXUS include The City Wears a Slouch Hat: Nexus plays John Cage; Steve Reich: Nexus and So Percussion; and The Music of Bob Becker. The disc recorded with mezzo-soprano Patricia Green entitled Ice Age and Beyond:  Works by Canadian Women Composers, funded by a grant through the Canadian Music Centre, with distribution throughout the US (Albany) and Canada (CMC Distribution Inc.), was awarded a Four Star review by the BBC Music Magazine.  In another Canadian project funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the recording Glistening Pianos:  Two-Piano Works by Alice Ho featuring the piano duo 2X10 with pianist Lydia Wong, received a JUNO nomination for Best Recording of a Contemporary Work.  This collaborative project gave Koga the opportunity to work with famed producer David Jaeger formerly of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  


Also active as lecturer and adjudicator, Dr. Koga has served in the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music, as national adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competitions, and has presented pedagogical workshops worldwide.  Highlight presentations include those for the International Society for Music Education Conference in Italy, Greece, Scotland; the European Piano Teachers’ Association in Austria and Finland; the Music Teachers’ National Association Conferences throughout the US and Canada, as well as the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago.  


A passionate educator, Midori Koga, currently serves as Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches piano and directs the first Canadian Masters and Doctoral programs in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.