Marco Lienhard

marco lienhard

Marco Lienhard is the director of both Taikoza and East Winds Ensemble (1995-Present). Marco Lienhard lived and performed in Japan for 18 years (1981-1998) as a member of the legendary Taiko group Ondekoza under director Tagayasu Den (who instigated the renaissance of Taiko).

In Ondekoza, he mastered the Taiko, the Shinobue, the Noh flute and the Shakuhachi under Katsuya Yokoyama. He ran the 9000 miles of the perimeter of the US from 1990-1993 while performing along the way.
With his New York based Taikoza, he has toured internationally and presents his top-rated program throughout the country. In addition, he has collaborated with many artists and groups around the world.
In 1995, Marco Lienhard was the Shakuhachi soloist for the NYC Opera’s premiere of the Opera “Kinkakuji” and was a soloist with the Juilliard New Music Ensemble. He premiered “Voyage X” with the Juilliard New Music Ensemble. Lienhard performs and teaches internationally (in Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Canada, etc.) and has taught at International percussion workshops and festivals. He has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Madison Square Garden, Tchaikovsky Hall, and International Performing Center in Moscow, among others. Marco Lienhard’s music was nominated five times for the “Just Plain Folks Awards in 2014 and 2019 for best songs, best album for Instrumental and Asian Music”.
He has published a book about the Shinobue (How to learn to Play the Shinobue). He recorded music for the award-winning Nintendo Wii games: Red Steel 1 and 2. Marco Lienhard has recorded and appeared on more than 20 Shakuhachi, Taiko and Fue CDs. He has recently released two CDs of his compositions with Taikoza: Voice of the Earth and Tree Spirit. East Winds Ensemble (the Music of Studio Ghibli CDs) has more than 8 million streams on Spotify alone. The music can be found on iTunes and, and He was recently invited to the 2018 Shakuhachi Festival in London and Taiko festival in Switzerland. In addition, he is the recipient of many grants and was invited on concert tours organized by (Rockefeller, Carnegie Hall, The Japanese Ministry of Education, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Japan Foundation, LMCC, UMEZ, etc.)

Marco Lienhard will be performing at the Children’s Festival, and the Japanese Festival.

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