"Pianist Mamiko Kitaura ... crisp, classical accuracy with a propulsive swing." - LA Times.
"..danced through deliciously edgy solos..." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Even though her first encounter with Jazz came into her life rather late compared to some, Mamiko grew up improvising over everything from classical music structures, like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, to the music of television and film all by ear. These broad influences formed Mamiko's unconventional versatilities and wide ranging tastes in music. From classical to jazz, pop to funk, she puts herself into the music with total conviction. Started playing the piano at the age of five, she has performed many concerts as a classical pianist. After discovering Jazz in a college, she felt an instant connection and fell in love with the music. Mamiko decided to move to the United States and attended the Eastman School of Music to further her jazz studies. While studying with Harold Danko at Eastman, Mamiko was selected as a tomorrow's rising star to perform Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the summer of 2003 she won full scholarship to attend the Henry Mancini Institute of jazz and film music performance, where she met Monica Mancini, the daughter of legendary composer Henry Mancini. In 2004 she was asked to join Monica Mancini's band for a national tour of the US, where she became the featured soloist. She has been touring with Monica ever since and has performed with major orchestras such as Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, and recently the BBC Radio Orchestra in London. Mamiko also has made several t.v. appearances on Japan's NHK National Network, A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts", and on BBC Radio Radio live performances.
She has recorded and performed with artists such as Joey Baron, Lenny Castro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine, Dave Koz, David Liebman, Vince Mendoza, Toshi Nagai, Arturo Sandoval, Gunther Schuller, Tom Scott, Bob Sheppard, Marcus Printup and Nate Smith. Mamiko recently relocated to L.A., CA from Brooklyn, NY and is performing in various groups nationally and internationally including her own trio.