Miko Kominami

Principal Keyboard

William and Julianne Thomas Chair

Pianist Miko Kominami is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and currently enjoys a varied career as Principal Keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa, and on the faculty of Luther College. She has concertized extensively throughout North America, including performances in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, and Toronto, both as a soloist and a collaborator with other artists. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with Orchestra Iowa, Danbury Symphony, Kishwaukee Symphony, Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Luther College Symphony. Ms. Kominami gave her New York Solo Debut Recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996, as a result of winning the Artists International Award. She was acclaimed by New York Concert Review as “both a virtuosic and a musicianly performer.” Other awards include a Canada Council Arts Grant, and First Prize at the 1996 Concerto Soloists’ Competition in Philadelphia. She has performed live on WFMT Chicago, as well as Maine and Iowa Public Radio Stations. In addition to her solo engagements, Ms. Kominami is a founding member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello/piano ensemble. In 2005, the Duo toured Scandinavia. It regularly performs on chamber music series throughout the nation, and has released recordings on the Delos and Centaur Records labels. Ms. Kominami can also be heard on other recordings released by Delos, Innova, and Fleur de Son Classics.


Decorah, IA

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa


Education & Teachers:

BM, The Juilliard School, 1995
MM, The Juilliard School, 1996

Oxana Yablonskaya and Alla Zacarelli

Favorite Symphonic Piece

The Brahms Violin Concerto

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa

My favorite memory with Orchestra Iowa was when I performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 at Brucemorchestra! in 2013. It was such a thrill playing this beautiful music under the stars.

How did you start playing your instrument?

I began playing the piano at age three. I begged my mother for lessons. Finally, she took me to a piano lesson to put an end to it, but it was only the beginning.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Vladimir Horowitz. He was simply the best pianist, in my opinion.

List three things always found in your refrigerator:

One thing not found in my refrigerator is mold. I am afraid of moldy things and anything that looks like spoiled food.