Pianist Midori Koga joined the piano and piano pedagogy faculty at theUniversity of Toronto as Associate Professor in fall of 2004. Previously, she held the position of Associate Professor of Piano, and Director of Piano Pedagogy at Michigan State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan, and a performance diploma from the Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik in Salzburg, Austria.
Koga has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in music festivals throughout the world, including the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Mozarteum Sommerakademie Festspiel in Salzburg Austria , the Al Fresno New Music Festival, the Johannesen International Festival of the Arts in British Columbia , the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia Spain, the International Computer Music Festival. Koga is a prize-winner in national competitions including the Concours de Musique du Canada , and the National Graduate Artist Competition at St. Mary's College-Notre Dame.
An advocate of 20th century music, she commissions, performs and records with the new music ensemble QUORUM whose first CD Cold Water, Dry Stone... The Music of Evan Chambers was released by Albany in January of 2001. The ensemble has performed throughout the US including a highly acclaimed debut in New York ’s Merkin Hall, and has held residencies at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium in New Mexico , the Akron New Music Festival, and with the Cleveland Composers Forum. She has also recorded for the Equilibrium label as a member of the Michigan Chamber Players; the CD was re-released by Albany in Fall 1999.
Active also as a lecturer, she has presented at the World Pedagogy Conference, the Music Teachers’ National Association National Conference, and the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. She has been published numerous times in the American Music Teacher; the article Music Making and Wellness Project: The Positive Effects of Music-Making on the Health and Well-being of Seniors was recipient of the 2001 National Article of the Year Award presented by the MTNA.