Playing the taiko drum at Hiroshima Day in McBurney Park, Kingston, ON
Playing the taiko drum at Hiroshima Day in McBurney Park, Kingston, ON

Kyoko Ogoda hails from Shizuoka, Japan. She started playing the piano with her mother Tomoko Ogoda at the age of 3. She began studying her major instrument the marimba at the age of 9.

She attended the University of Toronto from 2003-2006 where she studied percussion with Robin Engelman and Russell Hartenberger of Nexus, and marimba with Beverly Johnston.

During her time in Toronto, Kyoko was also a member of the Japanese taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu and toured Canada, the US, and Italy with them. In Japan, she studied marimba and classical percussion with Hisae Otani, Atsumi Taki, Atsushi Sugahara and Satoshi Sakai, and studied piano with Eiko Osawa.

Since moving to Kingston in 2011, Kyoko has performed for the Live @ Your Library Jazz series, L.C.V.I., Frontenac Public School, Kingston Multicultural Arts Festival, St. George’s Cathedral Advent series, St. George’s Summer series, Kingston Home Grown Live, Studio 22, Tone Deaf series, Hiroshima Day, Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Music West series at St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake United Church, The TETT Centre Grand Opening (The Whole Shebang Project Kingston), Queen’s University, Building Community Through the Arts Speaker series, and a Fund-raising concert for Syrian refugees for Inter-Church Refugee Partnership.

She currently teaches Japanese taiko drumming at at St. Marks Lutheran Church.