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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.

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.

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