Prelude Concert: Karin Kei Nagano to perform on June 26

Karin Kei Nagano will be performing on June 26 in Castello de Postignano as a prelude to the Tra Luce & Sogno Festival.

For more information, please contact Bita Cattelan ( / +1-514-757-4187)


Karin Kei Nagano, piano

Consequently her playing goes far beyond meeting the technical requirements of counterpoint lessons and reaches for the beauty of what only a creative mind such as Bach’s could have placed there. Nagano’s playing reveals a level of care and consideration that directs her inquiry into the pursuit of the art before the form, as if somehow the latter will look after itself. (The Wholenote, October 2017)

“She’s a model of interpretative responsibility… the slow movements are full of exquisite playing with some subtle rubato… but what makes you want to hear Nagano in some future spotlight is the cadenzas: they’re hugely witty and brimming with personality” (Gramophone,  September 2014)

Born in Berkeley, California in 1998, pianist Karin Kei Nagano began studying piano at age 3 and has worked with the internationally celebrated late Germaine Mounier, Igor Lazko, Colette Zerah, Peter Frankl and Rita Wagner.

In March 2017, Karin released her second recording featuring Bach’s Inventions & Sinfonies, BWV 772-801. Her first highly acclaimed disc, including two of Mozart’s early piano concertos, Nos. 12 & 13, was recorded with the Cecilia Quartet and released in 2014. Both recordings are on the Analekta label. 



Upcoming engagements feature recitals in North America, France, Germany and Italy followed by Summer Study at Cambridge.

Karin first made her mark in the music world at age 13. The Suddeutsche Zeitung said of her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Attacca Orchestra: "...the pianist played with immense sensibility creating an extraordinary atmosphere and tone...a winner of many important international competitions she did not make the public wait long until she played her encore, Mendelssohn Song without Words, in a breath-taking performance of virtuosity and refinement...." 

Her professional debut came in 2007 in a performance of the Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra K 246 in C Major with the orchestra of Dr. Wachtang Korisheli, which he conducted. She is also the featured soloist on a PBS documentary dedicated to Dr. Korisheli.

Since then, she has appeared in recital at the Bravo Niagara Music Festival, the Oxford Piano Festival, the Festival Harmonies d’Automne in Paris, the famed Steinway Recital Hall in Munich, Montreal and at the Forest Hill Musical Days Festival in San Francisco.

She has also been the featured soloist with the Bayerische Staatsorchester at the Grassau Festival, the Schwaebisches Jugendsymphoniorchester, the Attacca Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi Ensemble, the Asia America Orchestra in Los Angeles, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra  and Japan Philharmonic. Karin has also appeared in chamber concerts in San Francisco and Montreal with Veronika Eberle, Matt Haimovitz and Edicson Ruiz.  

Karin began competing internationally in 2007, winning First Prize at the Paris International Scriabin Competition, First Prize and Best Interpretation Prize at the Berlin International Piano Competition and First Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition (2009-10).

In addition to her music career, Karin, who is fluent in French, English, German and Japanese, enjoys creative writing, bicycling, painting, ballet, jazz dance, and swimming. She is currently studying architecture at Yale University.

Jean-François Major