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Mako Kodama


"She has a shining stage personality with a strong musical message."

Teunis van der Zwart (Natural Horn player, Department head Early Music of Royal Conservatory the Hague)


Mako Kodama is a Japanese pianist/fortepianist currently based in The Hague, Netherlands.

During the 2023 season, she successfully organized, led, and performed as a soloist in concerts of "Mozart Fortepiano Concerti" in February, "Mozart Fortepiano Concerti 2" in March, and "Haydn Fortepiano Concerto" in November, with an orchestra consisting of her chamber music partners in The Hague. She has also been active as a solo pianist and chamber music pianist, with recitals in Gifu and Nagoya, performances at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, and as a soloist for Beethoven's Choral Fantasy op.80 in Nagoya. 

She is passionate about chamber music and loves to work in a variety of ensembles, performing music from C.P.E. Bach to Brahms on fortepianos.

Mako Kodama was born in Gifu, Japan, and studied piano at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2020 she received a master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden. In the same year, she began fortepiano studies at the Early Music Department of the Hochschule für Theater und Musik Leipzig, graduating in 2022 with her second master's degree. Since 2021, she has been studying Fortepiano at the Royal Conservatory the Hague under the tutelage of Bart van Oort and Petra Somlai.

Each year she performs solo recitals on both modern and fortepiano in her home country of Japan. In Germany, she performed a solo recital at the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig and has collaborated with the Philharmonic String Trio Dresden. She received scholarships from the Rotary International District 2630 in 2019 and the Adriana Jacoba Fund Awards in 2022 and 2023.

"Her Performance is confident and shows refind and deep interpretation. She is a musical, interesting and active performer who inspires her chamber music partners."

Petra Somlai (Fortepianist, Professor of Royal Conservatory the Hague)

"It was a pleasure for me to collaborate with Mako Kodama on a classical and romantic programme. She quickly became familiar with the sound of the natural horn, and her playing was thoughtful and sensitive. As a chamber music partner, she is an inspiring and rousing personality."

Miklós Takács (Horn and Natural Horn player, Staatskapelle Dresden)

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