Tomoko Kanamaru

kanamaru 2During the 2003-04 season, Tomoko Kanamaru joined the Binghamton Philharmonic as Principal Keyboard, and has enjoyed becoming a part of the wonderful musical community ever since.

Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “charismatic pianist,” Ms. Kanamaru has been performing as a versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. Since her US concerto debut with Savannah Symphony in December 2000, she has appeared as a soloist with Toledo Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Middletown Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Annapolis Symphony. Equally active in chamber music, Ms. Kanamaru has performed with the Philharmonic Quintet of New York, in addition to making a guest appearance for the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall Series. Ms. Kanamaru performed in the New York Chamber Music Festival for 3 seasons, including the “September 11 Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert,” which was reviewed favorably by Allan Kozinn in The New York Times.

She has recorded for the Nippon Columbia, MSR Classics, and Urlicht AudioVisual labels. Ms. Kanamaru has written articles/essays for several publications, and co-edited more than 30 volumes of educational piano music. The Washington Post previewed her workshop at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in 2009, which was followed by an interview for the BBC’s The World Today for worldwide broadcast.  

Ms. Kanamaru holds a BM and an MM from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, an Advanced Certificate from The Juilliard School, and a DMA from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Kanamaru currently serves as Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey.