Mariko Anraku has an impressive list of awards, which include First Prize at the First Japan International Harp Competition, First Prize, the Channel Classics Recording Prize and the ITT Corporation Prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, and the Pro Musicis Foundation International Award. She was also awarded Third Prize and the Pearl Chertok Prize for the best performance of the required Israeli composition at the International Harp Contest in Israel.
Ms. Anraku’s strong commitment to contemporary music and the expansion of the boundaries of the harp repertoire has included an invitation to premiere works by Toshio Hosokawa at the Donaueschingen Musiktage in Germany, the Wien Modern in Austria, and festivals in Tubinger and Cologne, Germany, collaborating with traditional Japanese musicians and monks. Ms. Anraku also gave the United States premiere of Jean-Michel Damase’s Concerto “Ballade” with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra at the American Harp Society Conference. Ms. Anraku also collaborated in a tribute to Takemitsu at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Anraku has performed at the Spoleto, Tanglewood, Newport and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals in the USA, the Banff Festival of the Arts and the Festival of Sound in Canada, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the Karuizawa and Takefu Music Festivals in Japan. She has also performed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Harvard Music Association and Columbia University and has collaborated with artists like clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and flutists, Emmanuel Pahud, Carol Wincenc, Paula Robison, Emily Beynon, and Michael Parloff.
Ms. Anraku is an exclusive recording artist with EMI Classics. Her three solo recordings include works by Handel, Scarlatti, Rota, Faure, Debussy Satie, Hindemith, Salzedo and Akira Senju. Her newest CD, “Beau Soir” is a collaboration with eminent flutist Emmanuel Pahud and is available internationally. “Music for Harp”, a new compilation from her solo CDs is also released internationally on EMI’s Encore series.
She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Julliard School and is a recipient of an Artist’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Ms. Anraku also studied Art History at Tokyo’s Sophia University. Her teachers have included Nancy Allen, Lanalee deKant, Judy Loman and her aunt, Kumiko Inoue. Ms. Anraku has contributed to community service projects performing in hospitals, drub rehabilitation centers, prisons, schools for the blind, homes for the elderly and other similar facilities in the United States, France, Italy, and Japan.