Mamiko Watanabe

Mamiko Watanabe

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Biography

Mamiko Watanabe was born in Fukuoka, Japan 1980 and began studying piano at the age of 5 at the Yamaha Music School. In 1999 Mamiko received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee Cllege of Music. She studied Jazz piano, improvisation and composition. While at Berklee College of Music, she received several awards for Jazz Piano and Composition. Mamiko Watanabe was a semi-finalists at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in Montreux, Switzerland in 2002 and 2003. Ms. Watanabe has tour Germany, Italy and Japan and Performed with several Jazz greats such as Joe Lovano, Kevin Mahogany, Bobby McFerrin, Tiger Okoshi and Phil Wilson. In 2003 she received the Down Beat Student Award in the Jazz Soloist category. Ms. Watanabe has recently moved to New York and has performed at many venues such as the Kitano NY, the Blue Note, Cleopatra's Needle, Lenox Lounge, Jazzmobile,Zinc Bar,the Knitting Factory and S.O.B's. Mamiko has also performed in several Jazz Festivals in the United States,Europe and Japan. Mamiko Watanabe recorded her first CD as a leader"One After Another" in 2005.

Discography

CD"One After Another"-2005
CD"ORIGIN/JEWEL"-2007