Percussionist Mari Yoshinaga is a member of arx duo with Garrett Arney, described by composer Alejandro Vinao as “absolutely wonderful, graceful, and powerful … Apart from remarkable individual talents, [arx duo] connects in a very special way.”
The duo has performed recitals, coached chamber groups and given lectures and private lessons in Asia, Europe and the United States. They also serve on the faculty of the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia.
Mari’s recent recordings include Partita: Suite for Guitar and Percussion by Paul Lansky with guitarist David Starobin (Bridge Records) and Cloud-Polyphonies by James Wood (NMC Recordings). In April 2017, arx duo will be recording a new work in London, The Harmonic Canon by Dominic Murcott, to be released on the Nonclassical label.
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.
She has appeared as soloist at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, performing Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra with the Curtis Symphony. She also recently travelled to Japan to present recitals in Tokyo and Kagoshima. Recent collaborations include a world premier/CD recording of Partita: Suite for Guitar and Percussion by Paul Lansky with guitarist David Starobin.
Mari has enjoyed a varied performing schedule since coming to the States to study timpani and percussion with Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist of Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007. As an orchestral percussionist, she has performed throughout the US and Asia. She has worked with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Alan Gilbert. Mari has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Symphony in C, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Haven Chamber Orchestra, Delphi Chamber Orchestra, and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. She was also a member of Curtis Symphony Orchestra for opening the Dresden Music Festival in Germany in May 2012.
Mari was born in Kagoshima, Japan. Immersed in music from an early age, she began studying piano at age 3, marimba at 5, euphonium at 10, cello at 11 and percussion at 12. She holds a diploma in comparative culture from the Minami Academy iBS Language School in Kagoshima, after which she received a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music.
Mari endorses Adams Instruments, Pearl drums and Vic Firth sticks and mallets. She currently resides in Kansas City, Mo., with her husband, violinist Noah Geller, and their dog Monkey.