Mari Asakawa has established herself internationally in many notable performances, with a concentration on contemporary music. Her recent activities have comprised of lectures, workshops and recitals focusing on the music of the great American composer, Elliott Carter. These include a series entitled The Sounds of the 20th Century Music Sung by the Piano, featuring Elliott Carterfs Piano Sonata (1945), which she has presented in Japan, France, Italy and Switzerland. In 2012, she gave All- Carter Piano Recitals at Carnegie Hall, and SUNY Purchase in the presence of the late composer. Her recording The Flow of Music: Piano Works of Carter & Babbitt, funded in part through a grant from The Amphion Foundation was released on the Centaur Label in 2018, and was chosen as gspecially selected CDh by the Record Geijutsu Journal. In addition, she has actively premiered works for piano and chamber music by contemporary Japanese and American composers. Currently, she teaches piano performance at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and conducts lectures on contemporary piano music at the Open University in Tokyo. She has also conducted piano master classes at Ticino Musica Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, and has given lecture recital at Akita International University, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, City University of New York, and New England Conservatory.
She holds a Bachelorfs degree from the Juilliard School, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and a Diploma cum Laude from Accademia Musicale Pescarese. Her teachers have included Georgy Sandor, Daniel Pollack, Peter Frankl, and Bruno Mezzena.

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