Mariko Anraku has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1995 and is a faculty member at The Manhattan School of Music and The Pacific Music Festival. She is an experienced soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher, and has recorded 3 solo CDs and a flute&harp CD with eminent flutist Emmanuel Pahud, exclusively for EMI Classics. As a recitalist, Ms. Anraku has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, The Opera Comique in Paris, Tokyo's Casals, Kioi and Oji Halls and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center among many others.
Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, she has been soloist with the New Japan Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic among others. Ms. Anraku's impressive list of awards include the Pro Musicis International Award, First Prize at the First Nippon International Harp Competition, First Prize, the Channel Classics Prize and the ITT Corporation Prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. She was also awarded Third Prize and the Pearl Chertok Prize for the best performance of the required Israeli composition at the International Harp Contest in Israel. She is often invited to be a jury member at local and international competitions.
Ms. Anraku is a devoted teacher, deeply committed to the mentoring and development of young musicians and has given masterclasses at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, The Glenn Gould School, The Central Conservatory and China Institute of Music in Beijing, The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Conservatorium Maastricht etc. Ms. Anraku holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School and is a recipient of an Artist's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She also studied Oriental Art History at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She enjoys playing community service concerts at hospitals, drug rehabilitation centers, prisons etc.
Deeply committed to the mentoring and development of young musicians and sensitive to each student's qualities from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects.
Very experienced with teaching strong foundations as well as advanced solo, chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire.
Experienced chamber music coach and orchestral repertoire coach.