An up and coming percussionist hailing from Japan, Mari Yoshinaga brings a unique sense of artistry and expression to percussion, both in solo recitals, in collaboration with other artists and in her percussion group, arx duo. With a wide-ranging repertoire and an insatiable curiosity for different musical settings, Mari’s sensitive musicality and powerful sound inform her performances, whether she is playing Bach on marimba, timpani in Carnegie Hall or premiering new works by today’s composers.
One of Mari’s primary passions is her percussion group, arx duo. Formed while students at Yale University, arx duo’s engagements include performances at the Lake George Music Festival, the Omaha Chamber Music Society, and master classes at the Peabody Conservatory and University of Missouri, Kansas City. arx duo is on the faculty of Curtis Summerfest and is a residency artist at Michigan State University. They have released a number of hit Youtube videos which you can view at their website, arxduo.com.
Mari is committed to expanding the percussion repertoire by performing new works and commissioning composers to write for her. She has had the privilege of working with a number of composers including George Crumb, Martin Bresnick, Joan Tower, Paul Lansky, and James Wood. Mari will be traveling to London, England this summer to present a workshop and perform premiers for young composers.
Performing in Histoire du Soldat (Soldier’s Tale), February 18, 2017