Ken Noda studied with renowned pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim and made his concert debut in London in 1979 with the maestro conducting the English Chamber Orchestra. He has since performed as soloist with the great orchestras of the world: the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, New York, Israel, and Los Angeles; the Symphony Orchestras of London, Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto and San Francisco;
the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchetre de Paris, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London - under such famed conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Kubelik, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Andre Previn.
He has also collaborated as chamber musician with James Levine (at two pianos), Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, and Nigel Kennedy; and as lieder accompanist to Hildegard Behrens, Maria Ewing and Jessye Norman.
In 1991, Ken Noda retired from a full-time performing career as concert pianist and became Musical Assistant to James Levine on the Artistic Administration of the Metropolitan Opera. However, he continues to perform as accompanist to today's great vocal artists. He is also actively involved with the Met's Young Artist Development Program.