Mari Kimura has studied harp with Joseph Molnar from the age of nine and continued her musical education entering the affiliated highschool of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (music department) as a student of Ms. Yamakoshi.
In 1963 Kimura moved to Paris, where she continued her musical training at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique studying with Gerard Devos and in 1965 graduated with distinction.
From 1965 to 1967 she was receiving a scholarship by the French government and began her collaboration as a soloist with major French Orchestras, where she especially appeared within joint recitals (flute + harp). In the meantime she took part in the harmonics master course of Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique and in 1968 finished the course as highest-graded student of her year.
Back to Japan in 1969, she became a member of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and afterwards the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1977 Mari Kimura joined the Ensemble “Vent d’Orient”, which was honoured with the 1st Nakajima Kenzo Music Award in 1982.
Mari Kimura can bee seen as one of the most important artists representing the Japanese music scene all over the world. She is frequently involved with manifold international activities including festivals, music competitions and symposia: In 1984 she was appointed a jury member of Gargilesse International Harp Competition (France); in 1987 she participated in the Vienna World Harp Congress, furthermore she appeared as a soloist within several well-known music festivals, especially in the field of contemporary music, such as “Min-On Contemporary Music Festival”, “MUSIC TODAY”, “Tozai no Chihei Music Festival”, “Interlink Festival”, Panmusik-Festival, ”Exhibition of Contemporary Music”, “Kusatsu International Academy Festival”, “Gendai no Nami / Osaka”, and numerous other events.



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