Marco Lienhard, a native of Switzerland, was a member of the internationally acclaimed taiko group Ondekoza from 1981–1994. While touring as a professional taiko player in Japan, he studied the shakuhachi under Master Katsuya Yokoyama, quickly becoming a virtuoso solo artist. Lienhard also studied the fue and the nohkan (Noh theater flute) with Masayuki Isso.
In 1995, Lienhard founded Taikoza in New York, where he now makes his home. With Taikoza he has toured, the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe. Lienhard has performed more than 3000 concerts in Europe, Asia and North America with appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Marco Lienhard has contributed to many movies, documentaries and CDs, has done several recordings with Ondekoza, Taikoza and has two critically acclaimed shakuhachi recording.
Marco Lienhard has appeared on many TV shows including the Regis and Kathie Lee Show, the PBS special A World of Performances (the 20th Anniversary Gala of Wolf Trap), a documentary for Canadian National TV, MTV and NBC's 1998 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Marco Lienhard was the featured shakuhachi player in the American premiere of the Temple of the Golden Pavilion with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. In 2003, collaboration in Japan with Kodo member Kojima Chieko. Concerts in Mexico, Carnegie Kids program in Miyazaki Japan.
2004: Concerts in Switzerland, Moscow.
2005: concerts in Baltic countries, Belarus and Russia and Madison Square Garden
2006: Tour in USA, Australia, Europe with Sumo tournament, can be seen on ESPN or ESPN 2