About Kana Omori
Kana Omori, an international marimbist and percussionist from Japan, has won several prizes, including First Prize and Absolute Prize at the International Percussion Competition in Italy, in 2010 where she was also awarded a special prize from jury member N. J. Zivkovic. In 2011, she received the City of Kyoto’s Cultural Prize.
Kana has performed as a marimba soloist with many orchestras and having released seven albums. One of her album has got an <Semi-Specialty Aword> in Japanese record magazine. Kana is always interested in premiering new works written for her. She has also published a collection of essays My Dreams and many books of her arrangements, include Masterpieces of Classical Music on Marimba Music. Kana’s many arrangements are published by Edition Svitzer.
Kana has given recitals, master classes and clinics around Europe, the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, and Argentine. She has been a member of faculty and jury of The International Marimbafest Festival and Competition in Australia since 2019.
Kana completed both her Masters of Music and graduate studies at the Osaka College of Music. Additionally, Ms. Omori completed a Master of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany. She studied with a percussion legend, Dr. Peter Sadlo.
Kana is an international artist of Adams Percussion, Encore Mallets, Inc/Salyers Percussion, Aluphone, and Sabian Cymbals. Kana has her own signature line of mallets “Kana Omori Signature Mallets Series” with Encore Mallets, Inc. Fall Creek Marimbas designed a special glockenspiel model named after Kana Omori – the “KANA-Glock”, and Adams Percussion has made a special pink marimba for her. She is now a tourist ambassador in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan as well as a presenter of her radio program. She is an associate professor at the Osaka College of Music.