Mariko Anraku

Harp

Harpist Mariko Anraku is hailed as ‘a manifestation of grace and elegance’ and has won attention as one of the world’s outstanding harpists. Since her debut as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by Sir Andrew Davis, Ms. Anraku has appeared with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, among others.

As a recitalist, she has performed in major concert halls on three continents, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Jordan Hall in Boston, the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum, the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, and the Casals, Kioi, and Oji Halls in Tokyo. Furthermore, Ms. Anraku continues to hold the position of Associate Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra – a position she has held since 1995.

Ms. Anraku has an impressive list of awards, which include First Prize at the First Japan International Harp Competition, First Prize at 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 American 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’ performance 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 Centre and the Festival of Sound in Canada, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and the Karuizawa, Kirishima 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 Händel, Scarlatti, Rota, Fauré, Debussy, Satie, Hindemith, Salzedo, and Akira Senju. Beau Soir, is a collaboration CD 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 Juilliard School and is a recipient of an Artist’s Diploma from The Glenn Gould School. Ms. Anraku also studied Art History at Tokyo’s Sophia University. Her harp teachers have included Nancy Allen, Lanalee deKant, Judy Loman, and her aunt, Kumiko Inoue. She studied piano with James Anagnoson, Marjorie Hougham and her grandmother, Akiko Miyajima.

Ms. Anraku is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and has been on the faculty of PMF (Pacific Music Festival) since 2011. She enjoys playing community service concerts at hospitals, prisons, drug rehabilitation centers and other similar venues. Ms. Anraku resides in New York City with her 3 and a half year old son.