Widely known by her first name, Kuniko Kato is a Japanese percussionist. She studied with Keiko Abe and Robert van Sice, and graduated summa cum laude from the Rotterdam Conservatory. Following her studies, Kato spent a decade working in Europe, where she gave recitals and entered competitions, winning prizes at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and the International Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Competition. In her solo performances, Kato has collaborated with Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, James Wood, Franco Donatoni, and Unsuk Chin, and she has become a specialist in contemporary percussion music. She has been a member of various orchestras and ensembles, including the Saito Kinen Orchestra, Ensemble Ictus, and Ensemble Nomad. In 2009, Kato gave the first performance of Sound Space Experiment - Steel Drum Works, where she featured Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, arranged for marimba, vibraphone, and steel drums. In 2012, she took the piece on tour to Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Armenia, and Australia. Kato actively supports music education in her workshops for learning disabled children, percussion master classes, and public rehearsals. She records for Linn Records.
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