Professor of Music Mari Kimura nominated for OC 2022 Innovator of the Year

Professor of Music Mari Kimura has been nominated for the 8th annual Innovator of the Year honor presented by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ). Kimura is one of 74 outstanding nominees from various industries throughout Orange County. 


This program is designed to recognize and celebrate OC innovators who are creating game-changing ideas, processes, products, services and business models.


“I am beyond humbled and honored to be nominated along with such impressive nominees in the industry,” said Kimura. “I have been so fortunate to be supported by UCI in pursuing my creative imagination.”


The nomination::

An internationally acclaimed prolific violinist, composer and researcher, Mari Kimura is a leader in the field of interactive computer music and is a renowned master of “subharmonics.” Kimura received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, and named a “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” recognized by the Carnegie Corporation. The President of KIMARI, LLC, Kimura created MUGIC®, a motion sensor system for performance, at UCI’s Calit2, and commercially released MUGIC® in September 2020. The founder of the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival, Kimura has been a professor at Julliard since 1998, where she teaches a graduate course in Interactive Computer Music. In 2017, Kimura was named a Professor of Music for UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Department of Music within the Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology program. In 2020, she was nominated for UCI’s Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year award and received the Certificate of Recognition from the House of Representatives and California State Assembly. In June, Kimura received her Executive MBA degree at UCI.


The winners will be announced at the Innovator of the Year Awards celebration on September 8, 2022, at the Irvine Marriott. 


To learn more about the awards and past winners, or to register for the event, please visit the OCBJs website at

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2022