Naoko's  Profile        Japanese

Naoko T. Maeda is organist of Kobe College and Toyonaka Church in Osaka, Japan.

She is now giving organ lessons regularly at Kobe College, at Toyonaka Church and at Osaka Johoku Church.

An organ student of Keiko Inoue and Frans Boon, and piano student of Yoko Ikeda, she holds a BA from the school of Music, Kobe Collage.                                                                                                                                             

In Berkeley, California, from 1989 to 1991, she studied organ with University organist, John Butt, and she was organist of Grace Institute for ReligiousLearning.                                                                                                                                                                 

She performed with the U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and concertized throughout the Bay Area (Old St. Mary's Church, St. Ignatius Church and St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, and Grace Institute in Berkeley).                                                                           

She was chosen one of 25 competitors in National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance(1993/94) held by American Guild of Organists.

As organ soloist, she has played with Kyoto University Symphony Orchestra in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo and had the honor of premiering the new Klais organ at Kyoto Concert Hall at the opening concert with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No.8. Active as a recitalist, she appears in the concerts at Kyoto Concert Hall, The Symphony Hall in Osaka, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Chuo Church, Lilia Hall near Tokyo and many others in Japan.

In 1995, 2003 and 2008 she visited California and played solo concerts at National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and at Grace North Church in Berkeley.

In 2012 she visited UK and played recitals at Newton St Cyres Parish Church in Exeter, at King’s College Chapel in University of Aberdeen and at Memorial Chapel in University of Glasgow.  She also performed in Exeter Cathedral, in St. David’s Church, Exeter and in Pembroke College, Cambridge.

In 2014 she played at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco and gave an organ recital at St.Stephen's Church in Belvedere, California.

Recently her new DVD  "Naoko T. Maeda plays an Organ Recital in Newton St Cyres, Exeter, UK" and new CD "Organ Recital by Naoko T. Maeda in Glasgow University Memorial Chapel" have just released.

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