Japanese born pianist, Marina Iwao is an avid chamber musician, performs regularly in New York area. As a member of Random Access Music, she frequently appears in recitals of contemporary music and enjoys premiering works by living composers. In 2023, she was invited to Clarinetfest in Denver, CO, to premiere Margaret Brouwer’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano with Clarinetist, Thomas Piercy, as.a part of International Clarinet Association’s 50th anniversary celebration. She also appeared in International Trombone Festival in Salt Lake City in 2023, presented a recital with Koichiro Yamamoto, the principal Trombonist at the Seattle Symphony.
Marina was named a collaborative piano fellow at Bowdoin International Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, and currently serves as a staff pianist at major conservatories, such as the Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music. In the 2022-2023 season, she was appointed as a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Yale School of Music and will be serving as a collaborative piano coordinator starting Fall 2023. In addition to performing, she enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for chamber music at The School for Strings in New York, where she is a chamber music faculty.
Her principal teachers include Maira Liliestedt, Wayman Chin, Victor Rosenbaum, and Miyuki Hirakawa. Marina holds a Master's Degree in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School and studied with Jonathan Feldman and Dr. Lydia Brown. She also holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes School of Music and an Undergraduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music.