Mari Kawamura is a concert pianist whose curiosity and wide-ranging interests have taken her in a variety of directions. Kawamura is drawn to music which utilizes the entirety of the piano as an expressive device, enjoying equally music which showcases its tremendous agility, and its ability to produce spacious resonances.
Her repertoire includes music by William Byrd, Scriabin, Xenakis, Cage and several Japanese composers such as Toru Takemitsu and Michio Mamiya. Kawamura has also collaborated with a number of living composers, premiering new works by Joseph Bourdeau, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Lil Lacy, and Anthony Vine among many others.
Kawamura has presented solo recitals on concert series hosted by Carnegie Melon University, University of Northern Colorado, MONK Space in Los Angles, and Center for New Music in San Francisco. She has also appeared in a number of major festivals, such as Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Darmstadt International Summer Course, and the SICPP in Boston, at which her 2013 performance of Xenakis’ Dikthas was described as "an unrelenting volcanic eruption" by NEWMUSICBOX.
In 2019, Kawamura was featured on Jeffrey Holmes’ album, “May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way”, and in Fall 2020, she will be touring Denmark with Anna Jalving and Morten Lohmann Soenders, to premiere Lil Lacy’s new piano trio, “Plant Native”.
Kawamura received her Bachelor’s degree at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where she studied under Emiko Kumagai and Vadim Sakharov. She went on to win the Winfred Christie Award scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she earned her Master’s Degree under Tatiana Sarkissova, while achieving the prestigious DipRAM prize for her outstanding final recital.
After studying with Stephen Drury at the New England Conservatory, Kawamura is now pursuing her DMA degree under Aleck Karis at the University of California, San Diego.