Ria Ideta (Marimbist , Arranger)
Ria Ideta was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1982.
She has lived in Kumamoto, Japan, since she was two years old.
Ria began playing the marimba at the age of six.
She went to France when she was 18, and graduated with top honors from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.
She also graduated at the top of her class from the soloist course at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg.
In 2003, she was awarded First Prize at the first Paris International Marimba Competition.
Ria has performed in many music festivals throughout the world. She has appeared in the Rolandseck International Music Festival (Germany), Zagreb International Music Festival (Croatia), Festival International de Musique de Salon-de-Provence (France), and Evermay Chamber Music Project (Washington, D.C.), and performed with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Eric Le Sage, François Leleux, Guy Braunstein, and Nabil Shehata.
Her appearances as a marimbist in classical music festivals are without precedent.
Since 2012, as a regular artist with the Kammeroper München, Ria has performed a wide range of operas in a new type of formation made up of chamber orchestra and marimba. Each year she appears in more than 50 performances throughout Europe, earning attention in every location. Ria frequently performs with orchestras. She has made a number of appearances with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in the Berliner Philharmonie Concert Hall. In Japan, she has performed with such orchestras as the Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and Osaka Philharmonic. Ria is enthusiastic about premiering new compositions and performing commissioned works. In September 2014, she performed the highly successful world premiere of a marimba concerto written for her by Ohad Ben-Ari, in a concert with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kazuki Yamada. In 2017, she performed the world premiere of a work by Dai Fujikura at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with the performance broadcast on the BBC.
Ria has studied with professors Yoshihisa Mizuno, Eric Sammut, and Emmanuel Séjourné.
She is a guest professor at Heisei College of Music.
In January 2021, Ria Ideta became a visiting professor at the London Performing Academy of Music.
She resides in Berlin.