Kaori Otake


Ms Otake has given solo recitals and concerto performances around the world. She has performed the Debussy Danses with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Handel Concerto with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Ken Hsieh. She has also performed the Mozart Concerto with the Nippon Phil conducted by Kenichiro Kobayashi. She has performed at the EXPO ’86 in Vancouver as well as in Aichi, Japan where she was born and was invited to do a solo recital in Osaka, Fukui, Chiba, Tokyo, and Sapporo.

Winner of the International Harp Contest, Ms Otake has won numerous competitions including 1st prize of the Japan International Harp Competition in all divisions including the Professional Division, Advanced Division, and Junior Division. She was the winner of the Indiana University Harp Concerto Competition where she appeared as a soloist with the Concert Orchestra under the guest conductor, Sergiu Comissiona, a former music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She was also awarded the Marilyn Costello Memorial Prize in the USA International Harp Competition.

She has graduated from Indiana University (one of the biggest harp department in the world) in Bloomington, Indiana under Susann McDonald, The famous Juilliard School in New York under Nancy Allen, and the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under Marilyn Costello. In earlier years, she studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Victoria Conservatory under Taka Kling where she received many prizes and awards from the Conservatory and various music festivals.

In the summer of 2010, Ms Otake was invited to perform solo concerts and to give a presentation of the World Harp Congress Vancouver 2011 at the RioHarpFestival. She is a member of the Host Committee of World Harp Congress 2011 and Chair of the Master Class Committee.

She currently is a principle harp instructor at the Capilano University and North Shore Conservatory of Music at Gloria Dei Church.