Eriko Daimo

Eriko Daimo

Eriko Daimo

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Instrument Marimba


Praised for her ‘mesmerizing combination of sound and sight’ (Irish Times), the award- winning marimbist, Eriko Daimo, is one of the leading artists of her field.

Her recent performances include concerto performances with some of the world’s leading orchestras such as the RTE Ireland National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic in Finland, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and Orchestra Nipponika among others; as well as recital tours over 25 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Her performances during 2019/20 season was in U.S, Canada, France, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Austria, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

As an educator, she has given concerts and masterclasses at music institutions including the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Vienna Conservatory, Paris Conservatory, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Sibelius Academy, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory, Colburn Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, among others.

She served as a judge for the New York International Percussion Competition, Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium, Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Solo Competition, Majaoja Percussion Competition(Finland), Italy PAS Percussion Competition, Latin America Marimba Competition in Mexico, International Percussion Competition in China, and Bamberg International Marimba Competition(Germany).

As a student, she has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including 1st prizes at the International Marimba Competition 2004 in Belgium, Japan International League of Artists Competition, Japan PAS 20th Annual Percussion Solo Competition 2004, and Japan Soloist Music Competition and more.

Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Ms. Daimo began her musical studies at age five on the piano. She started studying the marimba when she entered high school in 1997, and went on to study at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Daimo is an endorser of Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, and Zildjian Cymbals.

She is currently on the faculty and Director of Marimba Studies at the New York University Steinhardt and faculty at The Juilliard School pre-college division.