Born in Osaka, Momo Kodama spent her early years in Europe; first educated in Germany, she then attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris before studying with great masters such as Murray Perahia, Andras Schiff, Vera Gornostaeva and Tatiana Nikolaïeva. In 1991, she became the youngest winner of the Concours International ARD in Munich.
Momo Kodama has been invited to perform with world renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, NHK Symphony, NDR Hamburg, Radio France Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Ken Takaseki, Jun Märkl, Lawrence Foster, Kent Nagano, André Prévin and Sir Roger Norrington.
She has appeared at prestigious festivals including Marlboro, USA; Verbier and Lucerne, Switzerland; La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival d’Automne, France; Festival Enesco, Romania; Festival Tivoli, Denmark; Settembre Musica, Italy; and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
A keen chamber musician, she regularly collaborates with violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Dumay; cellists Mario Brunello, Gauthier Capuçon and Steven Isserlis; her sister, pianist Mari Kodama; the clarinettist Jörg Widmann and his sister, Carolin Widmann.
In 2016, Momo made her Vienna Musikverein debut with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and was invited for an Evening of Chamber Music at the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia where she performed Shostakovich with Alexander Knyazev (cello) and Mihaela Martin (violin). Highlights of 2017 include projects with the Oxford Philharmonic and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the latter under the baton of Michiyoshi Inoue at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle where she will play a Mozart concerto for two pianos together with her sister Mari Kodama.