Anglo-Japanese Mariko Brown began her piano studies at the age of six with Martyn Dyke, with whom she performed regularly including at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, as well as for many outreach community projects. She made her first concerto appearance age nine under Dr Ruth Gipps, subsequently going on to study at Junior Guildhall with Joan Havill where she won the prestigious Lutine Prize. This led to concerto appearances at the Barbican Hall and St Giles Cripplegate as part of the City of London Festival.
During this time she also took up composition with Gary Carpenter, receiving a prize for her Oboe Sonata. She was awarded the Principal’s prize on graduation from Junior Guildhall and went on to continue her studies at the School, graduating in 2000. Her Piano Sonata, commissioned and performed by Helen Reid, premiered at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. She has also been Musical Director for productions at the Arcola Theatre, London and Eye Theatre in Suffolk.
Mariko has a piano duet partnership with Julian Jacobson. They have performed in the UK and France and this year premiered Mariko’s Travels through a mist of Chinese Mountains, inspired by a painting by Haruko Posford. They have performed at Fairfield Halls, St John’s Smith Square and made their successful début at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room in 2014.
Mariko teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School and privately.