Eriko Daimo

Eriko Daimo
I feel that Marimba Ones are alive. As I play it, I feel the tones improving and the instrument itself seems to create a variety of gorgeous, deep, warm, glittering and profound sounds. I can feel my emotion flowing through the instrument and bursting forth into the beautiful, warm wooden sounds of my favorite music.

“the demeanor and virtuosity of soloist Eriko Daimo made this a performance to
remember.” - The Irish Times

“Highly impressive. The delicate percussionist Eriko Daimo delivered her musical
performance brimming with energy and superb dynamics. The audience was ecstatic in
its enthusiasm and would not let her leave the stage without an enchanting encore.”
-Volksstimme, Germany

Praised for her ‘mesmerizing combination of sound and sight’ (Irish Times), the awardwinning
marimbist, Eriko Daimo, is one of the leading artists of her field.
Her recent performances include concerto performances with some of the world’s
leading orchestras such as the RTE Ireland National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere
Philharmonic in Finland, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic
Orchestra in Germany, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind
Orchestra and Orchestra Nipponika among others; as well as recital tours over 20
countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

As an educator, she has given concerts and masterclasses at music institutions
including the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Paris Conservatory, Royal
Irish Academy of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, San
Francisco Conservatory, Colburn Conservatory, among others. Also, she has been
presenting a series of masterclasses at New York University since 2013.
She served as a judge for the New York International Percussion Competition, Universal
Marimba Competition in Belgium, Percussion Arts Society International Percussion Solo
Competition, Majaoja Percussion Competition(Finland), Italy PAS Percussion
Competition, Latin America Marimba Competition in Mexico, and Bamberg International
Marimba Competition(Germany).

As a student, she has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including 1st prizes at
the International Marimba Competition 2004 in Belgium, Japan International League of
Artists Competition, Japan PAS 20th Annual Percussion Solo Competition 2004, and
Japan Soloist Music Competition and more.

Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Ms. Daimo began her musical studies at age five on the
piano. She started studying the marimba when she entered high school in 1997, and
went on to study at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and the
Boston Conservatory. Ms. Daimo is an endorser of Marimba One and Vic Firth,
currently a visiting faculty at The Juilliard School pre-college division.