Kent Nagano’s daughter, 15, debuts as concert pianist

Kent Nagano’s daughter, 15, debuts as concert pianist


norman lebrecht

February 20, 2014

Karin Kei Nagano, daughter of the Montreal and Hamburg music director, has just released her first recording – two Mozart concertos with string quartet accompaniment on Analekta – and her first video, a Debussy Arabesque on a newspaper website. Click here.

Karin studies privately in Paris. The Calgary Herald reports: Mother (pianist Mari Kodama) and daughter live mostly in Paris, where Karin is at a level comparable to Grade 10 in a math and science baccalauréat program at a bilingual academy. The family gathers periodically in their flat in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an affluent western suburb, and in other cities as the occasion arises, including San Francisco, still Kent Nagano’s principal residence.

karin kei nagano


  • Rob McAlear says:

    It was actually the Montreal Gazette that printed this article and video and posted it on their website. The Calgary Herald website, part of the network of newspapers, picked it up, but the article was never printed in that newspaper. Arthur Kaptainis , the author of the article, has written for the Montreal Gazette for a couple of decades at least, and, in my opinion, is Canada’s finest classical music critic/writer.

  • How delightful! As the years pass, it is so very nice to see the next generation from our most respected musicians and conductors thrive in music and extend their gift of music.

  • rita monkovich says:

    pleasantly to know that in these, full of madness days there are families that make such a wonderful choices of business’ with such remarkable success.