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Machiko Kobialka

  • Piano
Continuing Education
  • Piano
Machiko Kobialka Headshot


Instruments Taught



MM Catholic University

BM Hartt College of Music

Toho-Gakuen School of Music

Awards and Distinctions

Grammy Award Nominee

Fulbright Scholarship


What is your hometown?

Tsushi, Japan

What is your favorite recording? Why?

Art of fuge by Daniil Trifonov because of the Artistic quality

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Reading books

Who were your major teachers?

Akiko Iguchi, Raymond Hanson, William Masselos

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

Show your love to music

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

To understand background of music

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I listen to great performances

What was a turning point in your career?

Fulbright scholarship

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Doctor in medicine

What is your daily practice routine?

Practice and review past music in the morning

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

I cannot limit to 3

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you, and why?

Leipzig, Paris 1723 there where many historical composers there.

What is your unrealized project?

To visit museums

What do you think makes a concert experience unique?

The atmosphere and acoustics

Please list your most important collaborations.

Study group

What recordings can we hear you on? Other Media?

Sonic arts, MACHIKO Kobialka


Grammy nominated pianist, Fulbright scholar, Machiko Kobialka, has received international acclaim for her dynamic and elegant performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Performing internationally for over 40 years, she has appeared at major music festivals and concert celebrations, including the Karuizawa Festival, Suntory Hall–Fulbright 40th Concert, the Mid-Summer Mozart Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Britt Music Festival, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, as well as toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. Her enthusiasm for the contemporary music resulted in the commission of new music written for her by Pulitzer Prize Winners, such as William Bolcom and Wayne Peterson. She has premiered the new compositions at Carnegie Hall, George Town University, the Las Vegas International Contemporary Festival, the Schoenberg Institute and the Strasbourg Institute. She has also recorded for Sonic Arts and Desto Records. Machiko is performing internationally and adjudicating competitions in the United States. Working with the Department of Education for numerous cities in Japan, she performs recitals as well as teaches piano master classes across Japan. For over 19 years, she also is a frequent performer in the Chancellor’s Concert Series, sponsored by University of California in San Francisco. Machiko has taught music for over 40 years, including teaching at California State University at Hayward. She continues to teach today at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music pre-college division. Many of her students have won prominent piano and chamber music competitions.

Accepting advanced students.