Born in Osaka, Momo Kodama spent her early years in Europe; educated at a German school, she attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris before studying with great masters such as Murray Perahia, Andras Schiff, Vera Gornostaeva and Tatiana Nikolaïeva. In 1991, she became the youngest winner of the Concours International ARD in Munich.
Momo Kodama has been invited to perform with world renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Jun Märkl, Lawrence Foster, Kent Nagano, André Prévin and Sir Roger Norrington.
Momo Kodama has appeared at prestigious festivals including Marlboro, USA; Verbier, Switzerland; La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival Chopin, Festival d’Automne, France; Festival Enesco, Romania; Festival Tivoli, Denmark; Settembre Musica and Palazetto Bru-Zane, Italy, and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Her repertoire extends from the Classical and Romantic periods to contemporary works, in particular, composers such as Toru Takemitsu, Ichiro Nodaïra, Toshio Hosokawa and Jörg Widmann. In concert, Momo Kodama is a distinguished interpreter of Olivier Messiaen (Turangalîla-Symphonie, Vingt Regards, Catalogue d’Oiseaux) and, at the request of Yvonne Loriod, premiered his Fantaisie for Violin and Piano, with Isabelle Faust at the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron in 2006. During the 2013/2014 season, she gave the world premiere of a new cycle of Etudes by Toshio Hosokawa at the Lucerne Festival to great acclaim, ‘[the] Japanese pianist captivated at Lucerne Hall’, and followed this with performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Tokyo Opera City. In 15/16, Momo will make her debut at the Vienna Musikverein with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under the baton of Jun Märkl, and give two concerts in Paris: Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France with Roger Norrington and Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2 at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris with Lawrence Foster who will accompany her in Martinu’s double piano concerto with her sister Mari in Marseille.
A keen chamber musician, she regularly collaborates with violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay; cellists Gauthier Capuçon, Steven Isserlis, Alban Gerhardt and Christian-Pierre La Marca; her sister, pianist Mari Kodama; the clarinettist Jörg Widmann and his sister, Carolin Widmann, with whom she will perform Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du Temps at the Konzerthaus in Berlin in February 2016.
In 2011, Momo performed ‘Momo Kodama Piano Fantasie’ in Toyko and Kyoto, Japan, for which she was awarded the Saji Keizo Prize by the Suntory Foundation.
Her latest disc, La Vallée des Cloches, released by ECM comprises of Ravel’s Miroirs, Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch and Messiaen’s La Fauvette des Jardins. It has already received outstanding acclaim from the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine, Classica (CHOC), Télérama (FFFF). This follows a series of recordings, all highly celebrated, of Debussy, Chopin and Messiaen (Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus, Catalogue d’Oiseaux).