Faculty & Staff

Kanako Chikami

Class Percussion

Graduate Lecturer

  • Class Percussion

Kanako Chikami (Kobe, Japan) began studying marimba at the age of three and has won many awards in international competitions. Kanako is also a passionate chamber musician, and has collaborated and studied with some of the most prestigious performers in the field. She has attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Tuscany, Italy) in 2015, Neue Eutiner Festspiele (Eutin, Germany) in 2013, and So Percussion Summer Institute and Chosen Vale in 2011. She earned a B.M. degree from Osaka College of Music in 2008, a M.M. degree at the University of Kansas in 2014, and she is currently working towards a DMA degree at the George Mason University, where she teaches percussion methods for music education students. Kanako has taught percussion at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music in Gettysburg College from 2016 to 2017.

Contact Ms. Chikami: kchikami@gmu.edu