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Karin Kei Nagano: Bio

Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at the age of three and has worked with a number of internationally celebrated pianists, including the late Germaine Mounier, the late Vera Gornostayeva, Igor Lazko, and Colette Zerah. Currently, she studies with Rita Wagner and Peter Frankl.

In February 2014, Karin Kei Nagano released her first recording on the Analekta label with the Cecilia String Quartet, featuring two early Mozart piano concertos, Nos. 12 & 13, which was universally acclaimed: "She is a model of interpretative responsability, full of exquisite playing… hugely witty and brimming with personality." (Gramophone)

Ms. Nagano began competing internationally in 2007, winning First Prize at the Paris International Scriabin Competition, First Prize and Best Interpretation Prize at the Berlin International Piano Competition, and First Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition (2009-2010). Since her professional debut, a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 8, K. 246 under the direction of Wachtang Korisheli, she has appeared with major international orchestras and festivals around the world, including the Bayerische Staatsorchester, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Asia America Symphony, and the Schwäbisches Sinfonieorchester.

As a soloist, Ms. Nagano has worked with conductors such as Yuri Bashmet, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Allan Bergius, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tadaaki Otaka, David Benoit, and Kent Nagano. She has also performed as a chamber musician alongside artists such as Veronika Eberle, Matt Haimovitz, and Edicson Ruiz in a San Francisco performance. Other appearances include her Los Angeles debut playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of David Benoit and solo recitals at Montréal's Festival Virée Classique and the Maison de la musique de Sorel-Tracy. She has also performed at the Festival Harmonies d'Automne in Paris, and in a duo recital with her mother, pianist Mari Kodama, at the Fête de la Musique de Tremblant (Québec), the Oxford Piano Festival, and the Bravo Niagara! Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Although Karin Kei Nagano entered Yale University in 2016 to begin academic studies, she will also perform solo in Paris, San Francisco, Montréal, Hamburg and Japan. Fluent in French, English, German, and Japanese, Ms. Nagano currently divides her time between North America, Europe, and Japan. Her interests have always extended beyond the world of professional music, and she actively enjoys creative writing and filmmaking.

Karin Kei Nagano

Bach - Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801


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1 Invention no 1 en do majeur, BWV 772  
2 Invention no 4 en re mineur, BWV 775  
3 Invention no 7 en mi mineur, BWV 778  
4 Invention no 8 en fa majeur, BWV 779  
5 Invention no 10 en sol majeur, BWV 781  
6 Invention no 13 en la mineur, BWV 784  
7 Invention no 15 en si mineur, BWV 786  
8 Invention no 14 en si bemol majeur, BWV 785  
9 Invention no 12 en la majeur, BWV 783  
10 Invention no 11 en sol mineur, BWV 782  
11 Invention no 9 en fa mineur, BWV 780  
12 Invention no 6 en mi majeur, BWV 777  
13 Invention no 5 en mi bemol majeur, BWV 776  
14 Invention no 3 en re majeur, BWV 774  
15 Invention no 2 en do mineur, BWV 773  
16 Sinfonie no 1 en do majeur, BWV 787  
17 Sinfonie no 4 en re mineur, BWV 790  
18 Sinfonie no 7 en mi mineur, BWV 793  
19 Sinfonie no 8 en fa majeur, BWV 794  
20 Sinfonie no 10 en sol majeur, BWV 796  
21 Sinfonie no 13 en la mineur, BWV 799  
22 Sinfonie no 15 en si mineur, BWV 801  
23 Sinfonie no 14 en si bemol majeur, BWV 800  
24 Sinfonie no 12 en la majeur, BWV 798  
25 Sinfonie no 11 en sol mineur, BWV 797  
26 Sinfonie no 9 en fa mineur, BWV 795  
27 Sinfonie no 6 en mi majeur, BWV 792  
28 Sinfonie no 5 en mi bemol majeur, BWV 791  
29 Sinfonie no 3 en re majeur, BWV 789  
30 Sinfonie no 2 en do mineur, BWV 788  
Interview with Karin Kei Nagano

Analekta is extremely proud to announce the release of the second album by young pianist Karin Kei Nagano, devoted to the Inventions and Sinfonias of Johann Sebastian Bach. This cycle of 30 short studies, composed as musical exercises for Bach's eldest son, went on to become an invaluable reference tool among students and a true source of inspiration for numerous musicians. The daughter of Maestro Kent Nagano and pianist Mari Kodama, Karin Kei Nagano looked, for this album, at the original version of the work, entitled Klavierbüchlein. That version – which starts with the key containing the fewest sharps and flats and whose complexity increases with each key change, creating as such a symmetric cycle of keys – seemed more fluid in the eyes of the musician.

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