Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy

Master classes from world-class marimbist,Keiko Abe

[Important] Regarding the postponement of the 15th Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy (April 10, 2020)

Considering the spread of COVID-19 and in the interests of the health and safety of participants and professors, Yamaha corporation has decided to postpone the 15th Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy, which is held every summer. The postponement schedule will be determined based on the future situation and will be announced on this web page. We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience this change has caused but we appreciate your understanding.

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What’s Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy?s

These classes offer you the chance to receive direct instruction from world-famous marimbist Keiko Abe, learning from her passion, creativity, and musical expressivity. Ms. Abe's lessons are unique; rather than aiming for a uniform performance, she matches her teaching to the performances of her students, improvising to create a duo. These lessons are sure to fire the imagination of any potential performers who hear them.

Keiko Abe

Keiko Abe is a professor emeritus at Toho Gakuen School of Music (Toho Gakuen College Music Department)
She is an internationally active marimbist, performing in over 60 countries around the world. She has taught more than 110 music universities and institutioins, and participated in more than 50 music festivals.
Seeking the original pieces for marimba, she has performed more than 270 pieces, including her own compositions and the commissioned and premiered ones. Those are played by marimbists all over the world.
She has been awarded a special prize 6 times at the Cultural Festival by Agency for Cultural Affairs. In 1993, she was awarded Hall of Fame by Percussive Arts Society in the USA.
Keiko Abe

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