Profile of Pianist Kana Mimaki ピアニスト三牧可奈






KANA MIMAKI began her piano studies in Japan at the age of three. By the time she was five, she had won the first of many piano competitions.

After graduating from a renowned music high school, Kana found her way into the premiere Japanese school of music: the Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts. As an undergraduate, she was invited by Herbert Stessin to attend the Aspen Music Festival, where she went on to win the E. Nakamichi Piano Concerto Competition. Following completion of her bachelor’s degree, Kana returned to the United States. She received a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Doctor of musical arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University.

Kana has performed in major cities over the world including the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She has been acclaimed as a soloist who “. . . performs evenly and effortlessly with golden tone” and as a “technically perfect collaborative pianist.” Her musical achievements include the Kapo-Barwick Memorial prize from the William Kapell International Piano Competition 2007, the special prize from the Japan Arts Center, and a nomination fot the best pianist of the 2007-2008 recital series in Tokyo/Kobe Arts Center. Her reecent First Prize awards come from the Lao Angeles Liszt Competition, the International Russian Music Competition, and Catania International Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Competition.