Kotoku, Keiko

International Marimbist
The most talented marimba player of her generation. She has performed in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Argentina, Peru, Chile, USA, Mexico, Japan and several countries. Her concert activity has been broadcast on NHK, the Japanese company's most important television, worldwide, recording reports and interviews that had shown. She is currently professor of the department of Marimba and Percussion in the University of Science and Arts of Chiapas (UNICACH) in Chiapas State of Mexico. She had graduated in Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku University(Tokyo National university of Fine arts and music), Japan, studied with Makoto Aruga, Michiko Takahashi and Midori Takada, and studied with Nancy Zeltsman at the Boston Conservatory and graduated the master in percussion at the Conservatory in Piteå, Norrbotten, Sweden.
Among her awards, she won the first prize in the competition for talented young artist in Japan that she was the first marimba player that won just 15 years old. In 2000, she won the competition of the concertino for Marimba, playing with the Orchestra with director Alfred Reed. And she also won first place in The Universal marimba competition 2013 in Belgium in Duo category with Roberto Palomeque and also won the second place in 2001 and won the competition of soloists in TBC and played marimba concerto with orchestra in Boston.
She has been a guest performer at festivals such as the International Competition for Marimba, Belgium 2004, International Festival of Patagonia, Argentina 2005 and 7 International Festival of Patagonia, Argentina and in 2007 International Marimba Festival in Chiapas, and international marimba and vibraphone festival in Peru in 2012 and 2016, and percussion festival in Chile, Santiago in 2014, 2015 and among others.