Toshio Hosokawa was born in 1955. Following initial studies in piano and composition in Tokyo, he came to Berlin in 1976 to study composition with Isang Yun at the Universität der Künste. He continued his studies with Klaus Huber at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg from 1983 to 1986. In 1980, he participated for the first time in the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik where some of his compositions were performed. From 1989 to 1998, the composer was the artistic director and organiser of the annual Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Seminar and Festival in Yamagushi which he had co-founded. Since 2001, he has additionally been the artistic director of the Japanese Takefu International Music Festival in Fukuj. He was appointed permanent guest professor at the Tokyo College of Music in 2004. Hosokawa lives in Nagano, Japan and in Mainz, Germany.
Hosokawa’s compositions include orchestral works, solo concertos, chamber music and film music alongside works for traditional Japanese instruments.The orchestral work Circulating Ocean was composed in 2005 as a commission for the Salzburg Festival. Valery Gergiev conducted the world premiere in Salzburg.Woven Dreams is an award-winning work of Roche Commissions, which was premiered by the Cleveland Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival in 2010 and won a BASCA British Composer Award in 2013. The Horn Concerto – Moment of Blossoming was written for the horn virtuoso Stefan Dohr, who premiered it with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle’s direction in 2011.
In the oratorio Voiceless voice in Hiroshima (1989/2000-01) for soloists, narrator, choir, accompanying tape (playback tape) (ad lib.) and orchestra, Hosokawa takes as his subject the devastating atomic bomb explosion at the end of the Second World War in the city of his birth. The composer approaches the unutterable through his extreme musical language – the brutal tonal world of brass and percussion and the colourful chordal landscape of the choir. A series of compositions for varying instrumentations is dedicated to the victims of Japan’s 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Meditation for orchestra evolves from a silent Meditation to an elegy while the brass and percussion instruments warn of the approaching tsunami in the background.
His first opera Vision of Lear was premiered at the Münchener Biennale in 1998. Hosokawa succeeds in bridging East and West in his Shakespeare adaptation: modern European musical theatre meets the Japanese traditions of Nō-Theatre on the basis of the Renaissance play. Hosokawa’s second opera, Hanjo, was first staged at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence in 2004, followed by further performances in Brussels, Hamburg, Lisbon, Bielefeld, Lyon, Tokyo and Milan. Woven Dreams is an award-winning work of Roche Commissions, which was premiered by the Cleveland Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival in 2010. His third opera Matsukaze premiered at La Monnaie Brussels in 2011 (Sasha Waltz, staging). Hosokawa also wrote the opera Stilles Meer in response to these terrible events. It was commissioned by Hamburg State Opera and saw its premiere conducted by Kent Nagano in January 2016. Many works were premiered under the baton of the world’s leading conductors: Kazushi Ono, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, and Robin Ticciati, among others. Many of the works mentioned above have become an important part of the contemporary repertoire.
Hosokawa has received numerous awards and prizes: Among them the first prize in the composition competition for the 100th anniversary of the Berliner Philharmoniker (1982), the Arion Music Prize (1984), the Kyoto Music Prize (1988) and the Rheingau Music Prize (1998). From 1998 to 2007 he was Composer in Residence at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Hosokawa was appointed member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2001. In 2006/07 and 2008/09, he undertook a period of research at the Institute for Advanced Study [Wissenschaftskolleg] in Berlin. He was Composer in Residence at the Biennale di Venezia (1995, 2001), the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (1998-2007), the International Music Festival of Lucerne (2000), musica viva in Munich (2001), Musica nova Helsinki (2003), Warsaw Autumn (2005, 2007) and others. He was Artistic Director of the Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition from 2012-2015.
Ms. Kei Itoh is the first Japanese to have ever won the first prize at the 1983 Munich International Piano Competition. She began studies on the piano from childhood under Ms. Kazuo Ariga. Graduating in 1977 from Tokyo’s renowned Toho Gakuen High School, she pursued her further studies in Europe at Salzburg’s Mozarteum Conservatory and under Hans Leygraf at the Hannover Conservatory.
Her Munich debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch led to subsequent engagements in Europe with the Frankfurter Rundfunk Orchestra, Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic, and Ms. Itoh now performs regularly in Europe with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, as well as with all the major Japanese orchestras: NHK Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra etc.
In constant demand as a recitalist, Kei Itoh is known as a particularly fine interpreter of the romantic composers as well as the French repertoire. She recently has completed an 8-year series of annual concerts devoted to the music of Schumann. She gave recitals concentrated in Schubert’s works for eight years from 2008.
A prolific recording artist, Ms. Itoh has released thirteen CDs of music by Schumann in a series entitled Schumanniana on the Fontec label. Other CDs on the same label include two recordings of Brahms Concerto No. 1, a recording Brahms Concerto No. 2 and Ravel’s Concerto in G major, the Chopin Études, a collection of music by Poulenc, a CD featuring works by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, among others.
A keen chamber musician, Ms. Itoh often partners violinists Tsugio Tokunaga, with whom she has recorded the complete Beethoven and Brahms sonatas, and Tomoko Kato, with whom she released a CD of sonatas by French composers.
Ms. Itoh is a regular guest performer in NHK television’s Meikyoku Classics (Well-known Classics) series, and her engaging personality made her a popular radio host on the much-loved NHK programme O-shaberi Classics (Classic Chat), introducing classical music in a relaxed manner.
In 1993 she was awarded the 19th Annual award of the Japan Chopin Association and a year later received the Cultural Arts Support Award of the City of Yokohama in recognition of her services to classical music.
Since 2003, she has been engaged as Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. She also teachs at Toho Gakuen College Music Department.
Suzuki, Masato (Conductor)
Veronika Erberle (Violin)
Kerstin Avemo (Soprano)
The Swedish soprano Kerstin Avemo began this season at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm with the role
of Leilah/Lilith in the world premiere of Tristessa by Johan S. Bohlin. In 2017 Kerstin created an acclaimed portrait of Violetta in La Traviata at the Göteborg Opera, where she this spring will appear as Juliette in Troisfragments de Juliette by Martinů and The woman in La voix humaine by Poulenc.
Kerstin Avemo was last season at the Royal Danish Opera where she performed the role of Leticia Maynar inThe Exterminating Angel by Thomas Adès. Other recently performed roles are Mélisande in Pelléas and Mélisande and the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Opera in Stockholm. She has sung Gilda in
Rigoletto at Staatstheater Darmstadt and she has appeared as Maid in Powder her Face at La Monnaie in Brussels and in Warsaw at the Polish National Opera. In the summer of 2015 Kerstin Avemo was seen as Olympia/Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Bregenz, directed by Stefan Herheim. Kerstin has appeared as
Despina in Così fan tutte directed by Michael Haneke at Teatro Real in Madrid, La Monnaie and at Wiener Festwochen. Kerstin has also sung Schwanengesang D744, staged by renowned director Romeo Castellucci, in Avignon, at La Monnaie, in Paris and in Luxembourg and she will perform it again this spring, in Milano.
Kerstin has also sung Atalanta in Serse at Artipelag in Stockholm under the baton of Jean Christophe Spinosi,a production that also has visited the Opèra Royal de Versaille and at the Drottningholm Court Theatre jubilee production, The Rococo Machine, Kerstin appeared in the role of Madame la Coiffeuse.
Kerstin Avemo has previously appeared in the title roles of Lulu, Lucia di Lammermoor and as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice at the Göteborg Opera. She created the roles of Wendla Bergmann in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen (La Monnaie) and Kristin in Boesmans’ Julie (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie) and has incarnated roles like Blondchen/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Servilia/La Clemenza di Tito, Oscar
/Un ballo in maschera, Musica and Euridice/Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Ofelia/Hamlet, Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel,Juliette/Roméo et Juliette, Adele/Die Fledermaus, Gilda/Rigoletto, Violetta/La traviata, Zerlina/Don Giovanni on stages like Oper Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zürich, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Bolshoi in Moscow,
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, DNT Weimar, the Royal Swedish Opera and The Royal Danish Opera. She has sung Iris/Semele under the baton of William Christie at Theater an der Wien, Hanako in Hosokawa’s Hanjo with the Ruhrtriennale, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Giulietta/I Capuleti e i Montecchi in concerts with the Göteborg Opera. She has worked with directors such as Luc Bondy, David Mc Vicar, Christoph Loy and Kasper Holten under the musical direction of Daniele Gatti, Kazuchi Ono, René Jacobs, Emanuelle Haïm, Esa-Pekka Salonen and others.
In concert Kerstin Avemo’s repertoire includes Britten’s Les Illuminations, Bach’s Passions, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s La Ressurrezione and Messiah, Mahler’s 2 nd and 8th Symphonies and Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass. On CD, Kerstin Avemo can be heard as Kristin in
Boesmans Julie (Cypres), as Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Naxos) and in René Jacobs’ interpretation of Handel’s Messiah (Harmonia Mundi). She can also be experienced on DVD in Christoph Loy’s praised production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Oper Frankfurt).
Kerstin Avemo studied at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. In 2016 Kerstin Avemo received the medal Litteris et Artibus from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf, for her outstanding accomplishments as an opera singer.
Mario Caroli (Flute)
Slowind Wind Quintet
Matej Šarc (Oboe), Aleš Kacjan (Flute),Paolo Calligaris (Bassoon), MetodTomac(Horn)Jurij Jenko (Clarinet)
The Slowind wind quintet was established 25 years ago, and has become the most active new music ensemble in Slovenia. As well as performing practically allof the works of the standard wind quintet repertoire, the members of Slowind
have developed a reputation as uncompromising performers of contemporary music,
from the classics of the avant-garde to works by the youngest composers, many of whom are not yet established but are very promising composers of our time. By commissioning new works, Slowind constantly encourages young Slovenia
composers and is glad to respond to invitations to perform new compositions on
many European stages.
At the same time, the quintet has for many years worked closely with established
international composers, such as Vinko Globokar, Robert Aitken, Heinz Holliger, Jürg
Wyttenbach, Vito Žuraj, Ivan Fedele, Toshio Hosokawa, Uroš Rojko, Martin Smolka,
Volker Staub, Ivo Nilsson, Gérard Buquet, Niels Rosing Schow and others, who
dedicate works to Slowind and include the ensemble in their own projects. Slowind is
a regular guest of some of the most important venues for contemporary music: Ars
Musica Brussels, Biennale Bern, Klangspuren Innsbruck, the New Music Concert
Series Toronto, Contempuls Prague, Théâtre Dunois Paris, the Venice Biennale, the
Zagreb Music Biennale, the festival Ars Nova of SWR Stuttgart, and the Takefu
International Music Festival.
In Slovenia, the ensemble has in recent years increased its activities in the field
of Slovenian music by organising a short music festival in the spring months entitled
Slowind Spring, while autumn remains dedicated to the Slowind Festival.
Whereas the cycle was initially enriched mainly by contributions from eminent
artists who performed with the ensemble – Heinz Holliger, Robert Aitken, Alexander
Lonquich, Arvid Engegård, Aleksandar Madžar, Steven Davislim, Christiane Iven,
Matthias Pintscher, Matthias Würsch, Naoko Yoshino, Mayumi Miyata and others – it
has over the years developed into a genuine movement. The promotion of
international contemporary chamber music repertoire, as well as the comprehensive
presentation of some of the giants of twentieth century music who are less known in
Slovenia (Edgard Varèse, Elliott Carter, Vinko Globokar, Toru Takemitsu, Ivan
Fedele, Brice Pauset, Nina Šenk) has been joined by a growing number of foreign
contemporary music ensembles such as Contrechamps, Klangforum Wien, Takefu
Ensemble and JACK Quartet, as well as by members of Slovenian symphony
orchestras and established chamber groups and choirs.
In 2018, Slowind has presented its 20th consecutive festival, which was the last
one. The festival programme is regularly recorded and broadcast by Radio
Slovenia, and the concert recordings are also played by foreign radio stations,
including BBC 3, Dutch Radio and others.
For its activities to date, Slowind has received the Župančič Prize (1999),
the Prešeren Fund Prize (2003) and the Betetto Prize (2013).
Edicson Ruiz (Contrabass)
Born in Caracas in 1985, Edicson Ruiz decided to play the bass when he was just eleven
years old. His first teacher and mentor Felix Petit guided him through his studies in "El
Sistema", the Venezuelan national youth orchestra foundation founded by José Antonio
At the age of 15, Edicson Ruiz took first place at the International Solo Bass Competition in
Indianapolis, USA. In 2001 became the youngest member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, where he studied with Klaus Stoll. During this time, Edicson Ruiz won
a job at the Berlin Philharmonic.
Edicson Ruiz is one of most successful bass soloists of the present time, and his virtuosity impresses audiences the world over. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Warsaw Chopin Festival, and has performed concerts in major metropolises such as New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Madrid, Zürich and Johannesburg.
He has premiered numerous works written for him by composers such as Heinz Holliger,Rudolf Kelterborn, Paul Desenne, Efrain Oscher, Luciano Maria Serra, Arturo Pantaleon,Matthias Ockert, Luis Antunes Pena, Dai Fujikura, Rudolf Kelterborn and Roland Moser.
His chamber music activities have led him to close relationships with Anner Bylsma,
György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger, Elliot Carter, Maurice Bourgue, Klaus Thunemann, Sabine
Meyer, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Thomas Zehetmair, Gidon Kremer, Lars Vogt andJörg Widmann.
Edicson Ruiz has recorded numerous CDs with Phil.Harmonie, which emphasize his
passion for the music of the 18th century. International television productions also bear
witness to his versatile achievements. He was granted the José Felix Ribas Prize in 2002 for his service to art and culture.
Yoshino, Naoko (Harp)
Naoko Yoshino’s solo engagements with the world’s top orchestras have included the Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Leipzig
Gewandhaus Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta,
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt, and Seiji Ozawa.
Naoko Yoshino has been invited to numerous prestigious music festivals, such as the Lucerne,
Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Marlboro, and Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festivals. Through chamber
music, she has worked closely with such renowned musicians as violinist Gidon Kremer, flutists
Aurèle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Jacques Zoon, and horn player Radek Baborák.
As an advocate of new repertoire for the harp, Naoko Yoshino has premiered many works,including Toru Takemitsu’s “And then I knew ‘twas Wind” and Toshio Hosokawa’s Harp Concerto“Re-turning”. Recordings to date include releases from the Teldec, Philips, and Sony Classical labels, and in 2016, she started a new recording project with her own private label “grazioso”.
Naoko Yoshino began to study harp at the age of six with Susann McDonald. She started her worldwide career in 1985, after winning first prize at the Ninth International Harp Contest in Israel.
Shirai, Kei (Violin)
Japanese violinist Kei Shirai was born in Trinidad and Tobago and began playing the violin at the age
of three. As a child he was taught by Tsugio Tokunaga and, while studying at Geidai University of the Arts in Tokyo, by Chikashi Tanaka and Miyoko Yamane-Goldberg. Upon his graduation in 2007, Kei Shirai was awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Johannes Meissl. Among his awards at major international competitions are the second prize and the audience prize at the 2009 ARD Competition in Munich.
Kei enjoys a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. His concert
engagements take him frequently to Japan’s biggest venues and festivals. In Europe he performs regularly with the Stefan Zweig Trio and the Ludwig Chamber Players: an acclaimed mixed instrumentation ensemble based in Stuttgart.
Kei Shirai is a concert master of the Kobe City Chamber orchestra, a post he has held since 2013.
Mohri, Fumika (Violin)
Fumika Mohri won 1st prize at the 8th Seoul International Competition in 2012 becoming the first Japanese youngest prizewinner in the history of the competition, 2nd prize at the 54th Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa and 6th prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2015 and 3rd prize at the Montreal International Music Competition in 2019. She is a recipient of the Kawasaki City Azalea Prize, the Yokohama Cultural Award/Incentive Award for Art and Culture, the New Talent Award of Kyoto Aoyama Music Award and the Hotel Okura Music Award.
As a soloist, Fumika Mohri has performed with major orchestras such as the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Brussels Philharmonic and the Kremerata Baltica. She has collaborated with eminent artists such as Sir András Schiff, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Tabea Zimmermann, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Nobuko Imai and Kei Itoh. Regularly she appears in several music festivals including the Miyazaki International Music Festival, the Takefu International Music Festival, the Cervo Festival and the Kronberg Academy Festival. In 2016, she gave her debut recital at Kioi Hall.
Fumika Mohri was born in Japan in 1994 and began playing the violin at the age of three. She has studied with Kaori Tajiri, Sachika Mizuno and Koichiro Harada. In 2014 she completed the Soloist Diploma Course of the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She also graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Keio University in 2018. Since 2015 she has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Mihaela Martin.
Official website: https://www.fumikamohri.com/
Hemmi, Yasutaka (Violin)
Born in Matsue, Japan, HEMMI is one of the most dynamic and active violinists for contemporary music in Japan. He has been invited to many international festivals and given literally dozens of premieres. He has invented new techniques for the violin and collaborated with composers, dancers, visual artists, actors and many others. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of Champ d’Action (Belgium), and from 2003, he has been a member of ‘next mushroom promotion’ (Osaka). His solo CD ‘Violin Encounters’ was released through Megadisc (Belgium) in 2004. HEMMI’s performances are also available on numerous CDs or DVDs.
Yohanan Chendler (Violin)
Akasaka, Tomoko (Viola)
Tomoko Akasaka won numerous prizes, among them the 1st prize at the 12th Japan classical music competition and the 3rd prize at the 53th Munich International music competition.Tomoko Akasaka has performed as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. As a soloist she has appeared with the Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Muenchener Kammerorchester,the Orchestre de chamber de Genève, the Filarmonica banatul timisoara, the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the Ensemble Contrechamps,and the Japan Symphony orchestra under the baton of conductors like Seiji Ozawa, Johannes Kalitzke, Raman Kofman,
She has recently given a widely acclaimed series of recitals in Japan, Switzerland, France, Italy,and Germany amongst others. The series of Recitals in Geneva and Tokyo has been broadcasted by Swiss Romande, and NHK-TV.
Her chamber music partners included Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Menahem Pressler, Charles Neidich, Kuss Quartet at international music festivals such as Salzburg Festival Lockenhaus Festival, Bad-Kissingen sommer, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, BBC Proms, Saito-Kinen Festival, Pablo Casals Festival, Luzern and Verbier Festival, Zagreb Chamber music festival, Kronberg Cello Festival, Rio de Janeiro Festival, San Francisco Musical days, Schubertiade and others. Tomoko Akasaka has performed at concert venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Royal Albert hall in London, Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich Tonhalle, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Schloss Nymphenburg Munich, Shanghai Grand Theater,and National Centre for the performing arts in Beijing,
Geneva Victoria Hall and Grand Théâtre, Her recent collaboration with the composer György Kurtág has had a profound influence on her work as a musician.
Tomoko Akasaka studied with Nobuko Imai for whom she worked for as an assistant professor at the Geneva conservatory of music. In addition Ms. Akasaka worked as a guest professor at the conservatory of Neuchâtel. Currently she lives in Berlin.
Tahara, Ayako (Viola)
Japanese violist Ayako Tahara born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1994. She studied the viola at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and Toho Gakuen College of Music with Nobuo Okada and Hamao Fujiwara. After graduated with honors the
Toho Gakuen College, she is studying Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with
Won the first prize at 10th Tokyo Music Competition with Special Audience Prize
and 9th International Romania Music Competition with Rumanian national radio station prize and the grand prix in 2013. This is the highest award through six branches. She has also participated in masterclasses with Nobuko Imai,
Antoine Tamestit, Tabea Zimmerman, Gérard Caussé, Hartmut Rohde, Diemut
Poppen, Máté Szűcs, Masao Kawasaki and Ryo Sasaki.
Ayako Tahara performed concertos for solist with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony
Orchestra,Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony
Orchestra and many more.
She appeared in the radio program NHK-FM “ Recital Nova“ and the TV
program NHK-BS “ Classical Music Club “ , TV-ASAHI “Untitled Concert”.
She get the scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation, Japan Foundation of
Musicans and Ezoe Memorial Foundation.
Member of Aile String Quartet since 2011, La Luce String Octet since 2013.
Yamamoto, Shu (Viola)
Yokosaka, Gen (Cello)
Born in 1986, Gen Yokosaka began to play the cello at the age 4 and studied with Katsuro Washio and
Hakuro Mori at the Toho School of Music as well as taking further lessons with David Geringas and Jian Wang at the Ishikawa Music Academy.
Gen quickly became known as the most promising cellist of his generation in his native Japan after being awarded the top prize in the string section of the All Japan Classical Music Competition at 12 years old. He went on to win numerous competitions including, at 15, the 2002 Viva Hall Cello Competition in 2002 of
which he is the youngest ever winner. He also won 2 nd prize 59th ARD International Music CompetitionMunich in 2010. Gen Yokosaka has performed with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Naoto Otomo, Ken Takaseki, Kenichiro Kobayashi and Daisuke Soga with orchestras including the Yomiuri Symphony,
New Japan Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic. He has had both recitals and concerto performances broadcast on national TV (NHK and TV Asahi). A dedicated chamber musician, Gen was invited to perform in “Project Q,” Casals Halls’ Complete Beethoven String Quartet series in 2001, also performed Popper’s “Requiem for 3 Cellos and Piano,” Op.66 with Nobuko Yamazaki and Ryosuke Hori. The pianists he played with include such renowned artists as Kei Ito and Miyuki Washimiya.
In 2005 Gen performed in La Folle journée au Japon and took part Pierre Boulez’ Lucerne Festival Academy. In the same year he was presented the Idemitsu Music Award. Gen Yokosaka studied at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.
Ito, Yu (Cello)
Yu Ito has had successes in several competitions for his sincere and delicate performance
including ARD International Music Competition (as a member of Aoi Trio, 1st prize, 2018),
Banff International String Quartet Competition (as a member of Quartet Arpa, Semi Finalist,
2016), Pablo Casals International Cello Competition (Semi Finalist, 2014), Salzburg Mozart
International Chamber Music Competition (2nd prize, 2014), Music Competition of Japan
(1st prize, 2008), Osaka International Music Competition (1st prize, 2006).
As a soloist, Yu has collaborated with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic
Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, and etc.
Born in Nara Japan 1992, Yu began to learn cello when he was six. he started to study
under cellist and pedagogue professor Tatsuo Saito. He has learned in Tokyo University of the Arts with Nobuko Yamazaki and Kenzi Nakagi, and graduated from the university as the top student.
Currently, he is studying in Mozarteum University Salzburg in the class of professor Enrico Bronzi. He is a member of Kioi Hall Camber Orchestra Tokyo.
Tai, Tomoki (Cello)
Born in Osaka in 1982. He majored cello at Tokyo University of the Arts. He started his activities in a contemporary music performance group <Ensemble Bois> in his college days. He has performed more than 150 world premiere pieces. He played with the Central
Aichi Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist. He started CD
label / concert planning organization <time form record> from 2010. In addition to cello, he plays viola da Gamba and his own electric musical instrument.
He won a New Horizon Special Award in Takefu International Music Festival 2012.
Hosoi, Yui (Cello)
Nakagawa, Ken’ichi (Piano)
Ken’ichi Nakagawa, piano
Born in Miyagi pref., Japan, Ken’ichi
Nakagawa graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music.
He majored piano and conducting. He moved to Belgium to study piano under Robert Groslot and pianoforte under Jos Vam Immerseel at Kroni
nkijk Vlaams Concervatorium van Antwerpen, where he finished the
High Diploma with Great distinction in 1995, and the Specialization also with Great distinction in 1997.
Nakagawa was awarded third prize at the Gaudeamus International Competition in
interpreting works in Rotterdam.
He plays in Belgium as soloist,chamber music and contemporary music as well as with the Ictus Ensemble, Champ d’action as pianist and assistant conductor.
He participated in the Ars Musica Festival in Bruselles and Roymont
Festival in Paris.
In Japan, he is on high demand as a concert of soloist, chamber musician, and as a conductor in chamber ensemble and chamber operas as well as a member of the Ensemble Nomad,contemporary music ensemble.
Imagawa, Hiroyo (Piano)
Kitamura, Tomoki (Piano)
Born in Aichi (Japan) in 1991, Tomoki Kitamura began playing piano at the age of three.
Since he won the 1st prize (2nd prize was not awarded) and the Grand Jury Prize at the
prestigious Tokyo Music Competition at the age of 14, he started his career in Japan.
Thereafter he has got prizes at important international piano competitions including
Hamamatsu, Sydney and Leeds. In 2017 he won the 2nd prize at the international
Telekom-Beethoven competition in Bonn.
Today Tomoki Kitamura constantly appears in the prestigious concert halls in Germany and
Japan, also in Italy, France, Spain and Hollands as a recital pianist, soloist of orchestra,
chamber music player, and also as a fortepianist.
His 3 solo CDs received favorable reviews on the prestigious magazines in Japan.
He has been learning Piano with Prof. Kei Itoh, Prof. Ewa Pobłocka and Prof.Rainer
Becker. After graduation his Diplom with the distinction from Universität der Künste Berlin in 2017, he continues his study with a big interest in the researching historical interpretation and instruments with Prof.Jesper Christensen at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. http://tomoki-kitamura.com/
Tsuda, Yuya (Piano)
Yamamoto, Junko (Piano)
Junko Yamamoto was born in Japan. She studied contemporary chamber music with Peter Eötvös in
Cologne and piano with Claude Helffer in Paris.
Currently she is teaching at the University of Music in Stuttgart, Germany and at the
University of Music in Basel, Switzerland.
She has received awards and grants from the most excellent prize with the Experimental Sound, Art & Performance Festival Tokyo, the special prize for the best performer for spanish contemporary music with the „Xavier Montsalvatge Competition“ in Spain, to the excellent prize with the Cultural Ministry of Ishikawa.
Junko Yamamoto as a guest artist has been invited to numerous international music
festivals, such as “Le festival musica” in France, “Bartok International Festival” in
Hungary, “Biennale Curitiba” in Brazil, “Musicarama Festival” in Hong Kong,
“Sinuston Festival” in Germany and “Takefu International Music Festival” in Japan.
Her music performances have been broadcasted by Südwestrundfunk, Saarländischer
Rundfunk, NHK (Japan), the Hungarian Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk. She founded
and directed the "ensemble cross.art".
Oya, Saori (Piano)
After receiving her B. A. Diploma in the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Saori Oya
moved to Belgium.
After graduating summa cum laude in 2000 from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels
(Flemish side), she received the Grand Distinction Award for piano, chamber music,
and contemporary music. Pursued further chamber music and contemporary music
study through the specialization course, she became a piano lecturer at the same
conservatory in 2004.
In addition to soloist activities, she plays in a piano duo with her brother Yutaka Oya,
and the Oya Piano Duo was invited to perform in many international music festivals.
They ambitiously took in works from the classical period to the present, and gained a reputation for having a diverse repertoire.
She also participated in many concerts by contemporary music ensembles: "Champ d’ Action", "Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles", "Prometheus Ensemble", and the Royal Flanders Opera, and after 10 years in Belgium returned to Japan.
Recently, in addition to performing chamber music concerts throughout Japan, she is
regularly invited to music festivals abroad. She is also engaged in a wide variety of
activities that include conducting outreach programs at schools, acting as a judge at
competitions, giving advice lessons, and producing a concert series, “Sunday Morning
Classics”, for the enjoyment of classical music on Sunday mornings.
Released a new CD “Saori Oya Plays Brahms” (Sound Aria Records) in 2018.
Received the Fukui Prefecture Cultural Prize, Encouragement Award 2015.
Official site: www.saorioya.net
Miyata, Mayumi (Sho)
Mayumi Miyata is distinguished by being one of the first artists to bring the traditional Oriental instrument the SHO, to worldwide
recognition. Through her virtuoso performances around the world, Ms. Miyata’s artistry has helped expand awareness of the SHO
both in Japan and overseas and she can be credited with making it widely recognized not only as a traditional instrument but one
that has a valid place in contemporary music.
Having graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in piano, Ms. Miyata studied ‘Gagaku’, (Ancient Japanese Court Music), and in1979 joined the Gagaku ensemble at the National Theater of Japan. Since her debut Tokyo recital in 1983, she has been active as a soloist and stunned audiences with her performances in Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Seattle and Milan (La Scala), Vienna(Konzerthaus) and at festivals such as Salzburg, Luzern, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, Avignon, Tanglewood, London Proms,
Milano Musica, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien Modern, Octobre en Normandie, Darmstadt International Summer Course, Festival Extasis (Geneva), Musica Viva (Munich), Musik Aktive (Dortmund), Orleans International Music Week, Pacific Music Festival Sapporo, Takefu International Music Festial and Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Festival.
Although the SHO has its origins in Gagaku, and it is this music with which it is traditionally associated, Mayumi Miyata is highly acclaimed for her performances of compositions by many of the world’s leading contemporary composers. She has worked particularly closely with John Cage, having performed the world premiere of all of Cage’s Two3 for SHO and Conch in Italy in 1992,
and is also associated with composers such as Toru Takemitsu, Toshio Hosokawa, Helmut Lachenmann, Paul Méfano, Klaus Huber, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Zsigmond Szathmáry, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Maki Ishii, and Joji Yuasa, having been invited to premiere
many of their works. Such highlights include major works such as Takemitsu’s evocative "Ceremonial -An Autumn Ode-" with Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Hosokawa’s "Utsurohi Nagi" performed with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne in 1996 and Hosokawa’s "Could and Light" with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern in 2008. In 1997 Ms. Miyata participated in the tremendously successful world premiere in Hamburg of Lachenmann’s major operatic work "The Little
Match Girl", which was followed by performances at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Opera de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Ruhr Triennale. In 2007 Ms. Miyata has premiered Gerhard Stabler’s new work for SHO and Orchestra in Duisburg.
Furthermore her recent orchestra engagements include BBC Symphony Orchestra with Kazushi Ono, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie with Kazushi Ono, NHK Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit for their European tour in St. Petersburg, Moscow,Vienna, Munich and Berlin, New York Philharmonic with André Previn, PMF International Orchestra with PMF International Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bamberger Symphoniker with Jonathan Nott, Orchestre National de Lyon with Jun Maerkl, Munich Chamber Orchestra with Alexander Liebreich.
Highlights of Ms. Miyata’s career include such diverse engagements as her performance of the Japanese National Anthem at the
Opening Ceremony of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games and her work with Björk on the soundtrack to Matthew Barney’s film Drawing restraint 9, in which she appears playing her instrument.
She was nominated as cultural ambassador by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and as such toured Europe giving concerts, workshops and collaborating with local artists and composers, promoting knowledge of the SHO overseas.
Tajima, Tadashi (Shakuhachi)
Tadashi Tajima is considered to be one of the representative Japanese shakuhachi players on the world-wide musical scene. He is the founder and the head of Jikisho-ryu of shakuhachi, and teaches at his schools in Tokyo and Osaka. He holds two important recitals in Tokyo and Osaka every year (total 76 times). Beside these
recitals he holds concerts of shakuhachi-honkyoku (shakuhachi pieces without the other instruments) in more than 400 places throughout Japan. He also played in 23 foreign countries and is invited to many famous international music festivals such as Bach Fest and Salzburg Festival.
Tadashi Tajima received the First Prize by the competition of traditional Japanese instruments, the Grand Prize and the German Ambassador Prize in the Pan-Musik-Festival in 1974. He was awarded the Art Festival Prize by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1990, 2007 and 2018. He was also chosen as the Remy Martin Prize and the
Ongaku-no-Tomo Prize. In addition he received the Encouragement Prize of Osaka-Fumin Theater.
Tadashi Tajima published several books such as “Shakuhachi-nyumon-kyosoku-bon(Shakuhachi Guide Manual)” and “Ichion-ni-kokoro-wo-komete(Devotion to a single tone)”. His CD of shakuhachi-honkyoku is highly valued in Germany.
Tadashi Tajima has collaborated with other artists of different categories. He is free from the common preoccupation about shakuhachi. His performance shows not only the great potential of expression of instrument but also its capacity of the response to various musical situations. He succeeded all of these projects thus received a high reputation.Tadashi Tajima premiered “Voyage X-Nozarashi” of Toshio Hosokawa at the St.Thomas Church in Leipzig during the world-wide famous Bach Fest.
Suzuki, Tosiya (Recorder)
Tosiya SUZUKI studied the recorder at the Sweelinck Concervatorium with Walter van
Hauwe in Amsterdam. He specializes in performing contemporary music and working to
extend the techniques and the possibilities of the recorder.
He worked with composers, such as L.Cori, B.Ferneyhough, T.Hosokawa, S.Sciarrino and
J.Yuasa and premiered their works. As a soloist he performed at festivals including, Wien
Modern, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Gaudeamus, Darmstadt, ISCM World Music Days,\Festival d’Automne à Paris, Akiyoshidai, Takefu, Royaumont, Composium, Klangspuren,Tongyeong, Festival A Tempo, Melbourene Recital Centre Opening Festival, New Zealand Festival, China-Asia Music Week, Etching Festival, Summer Festival at Suntory Hall, La Biennale di Venezia (as a Takefu Ensemble) and Melos-Ethos. He has had recitals and workshops in Europe, Russia, Turkey, USA(UCSD, UCBerkeley, Stanford), Venezuela, Asia,
New Zealand and Japan. In ‘02 he has been the first lecturer for recorder at the Darmstadt.
His solo CD [Tosiya Suzuki Recorder Recital] was awarded ‘Musik & Ästhetik
Interpretationspreis 2003’ by der Gesellschaft für Musik und Ästhetike. He was awarded such as the Darmstadt Stipendien Preis, the Kranichstein Musikpreis, the Kenzo Nakajima Music Prize and the Keizo Saji Prize. He teaches at the Elisabeth University of Music. www.tosiyasuzuki.com/
Ota, Maki (Soprano)
She studied at the Vocal Studies Course, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts and
the Song Research Room, Graduate School of Music, Osaka College of Music.
After working as a member of Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, she had a residency in Rome, as a trainee of the
Agency for Cultural Affairs’ overseas training program for upcoming artists, to study Giacinto Scelsi’s vocal works under Scelsi’s collaborator Ms. Michiko Hirayama.
She is a soprano who focuses on contemporary music, has studied directly from Hirayama. Not only meticulously interpreting scores and drawing musical qualities from difficult compositions, she also has a lot of
nerve and elegance to perform extraordinary acts that some scores require such as showing the reverse side of eyeballs, collapsing onto the floor, bursting into laughter, running around among the audience, or accusing the cruel labor environment of a factory. She tackles the whole song for the first time, with the same members as in
the 2011 premiere by Hirayama, at the base of experimental music in Tokyo. Please witness the moment of inheritance of the most ambitious composition for solo voice in the 20th century, which must sound contemporary right now.
Currently studying German contemporary vocal works under Axel Bauni in Berlin. Her performances have been broadcast at WDR in Germany, CEMAT in Italy and NHK-FM in Japan. She has taken part in such projects as a recital at the Isabella Scelsi Foundation (Rome) that featured the world premiere of Scelsi’s work, Festival
Giacinto Scelsi (Basel), Festival di Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Takefu International Music Festival, Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka Regular Concert, Tokyo Opera City’s recital series “B to C.”, and Suntry Summer Festival, Nuit Blanche Kyoto.
Oishi, Masanori (Saxophone)
Receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
(now Tokyo Unversity of the Arts), Oishi went to France to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2001. He graduated with top honors (mention très bien) in saxophone, chamber music, and
free improvisation. The same year he advanced to the school’s 3rd level Chamber Music Course (Classe de Musique de Chambre, 3e cycle de perfectionnement), completing it in 2007. From 2002 to 2004 he studied on a research grant from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs in their Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists.
Before returning to Japan in 2008, Oishi played not only in France, but in various countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
His participation in the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation-sponsored recital series
B→C 100 garnered him high acclaim. Subsequently, he appeared in such events as the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation Composium, the Suntory Foundation for Art’ Summer Festival, and the Takefu International Music Festival. He also appeared in 2008 in a dance collaboration at the late Pina Bausch’s dance festival in
Germany (Internationale Tanzmesse NRW).
He has worked extensively, focusing on contemporary and classical music, but also playing concerts, on television and radio, in addition to recording music for commercials. He has released two albums with the Blue Aurora Saxophone Quartet, of which he is a member. His contemporary music group, Tokyo Gen’On Project
received the 13th Saji Keizo Prize. He is a lecturer at Tokyo National University of fine Arts and music, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, and Toho College of Music.
Ueno, Yoshie (Flute)
Yoshie Ueno, a Japanese flutist, graduated first on the top of the list from Tokyo University of Arts. Then she finished the master’s degree program of the Tokyo University of Arts.She won the first prize in various competitions, including Tokyo Music Competition,Japan Wood Wind Competition, and Japan Music Competition. As a soloist, she has performed in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Austria and Russia. She played with Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and members ofBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
[Eastern Europe Songs] [Amaging Grace] [Relaxing Flute] [Tokyo Sextet] [Beyond
The Pyrenees] from Octavia Records Inc. and got high acclaim in Japan. In April
two new CDs. She’s working at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and Muramatsu Flute lesson center.
Ueda, Nozomi (Clarinet)
A native of Japan, Nozomi began her musical education on clarinet at Osaka College of
Music. After receiving bachelor’s degree, she went to the United States and completed her
master’s degree at the Juilliard School, studying with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.
While in U.S., she gave her recitals in N.Y. and had been playing as a member of New
Juilliard Ensemble. Coming back to Japan in1999, she won the first prize at the 68th Japan
Music Award. Since then, she has been appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and
orchestral player throughout not only Japan, but also Korea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Mexico
and so on. At present, she is a member of next mushroom promotion, specialized in contemporary music, Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, New York Licorish ensemble, Ensemble Kujoyama and a faculty of Osaka College of Music and Kyoto City University of Arts.
Kasai, Tomoko (Percussion)
Kasai Tomoko was born and raised in Hyogo pref.
She has received bachelor’s and master’s degree at Osaka College of Music.
She is active in orchestras and chamber music and contemporary music.
She is participating in the Takefu International Music Festival and a lot of other music
festivals, also she teaches at music university and high schools.
Matsumura, Takayo (Harp)
Born in Osaka, Japan, she began playing the piano at the age of 3 and graduated from
Soai University (Faculty of Music).After studying at University,she began playing the
harp.She is now a free-lance harpist and her activities incorporate solo, chamber ensemble
and orchestral performances.She is a member of the violin and the harp duo‘X[iksa]’ with
violonist Yasutaka Hemmi,and has performed about 400 times including performances in
South Korea,Australia,South Africa and Canada.Along with X[iksa], she is also a member of the harp duo ‘Farfalle’, with sister Eri Matsumura, and has performed in a range of
contexts including the Arles International Harp Festival and the NHK-FM Recital. She has released six CDs. She has given numerous first performances, and as an arranger, she has expanded the repertoire of harp music.
Yokose, Marino (Alto)
Born in Saitama, Japan, Marino Yokose graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts where
she earned her Master of Music degree in singing in 2019. Her main repertories are
religious music and baroque music. She has performed as a soloist, including
L.V.Beethoven《Symphony No.9》/G.F.Handel《Messiah》/ J.S.Bach《Mass in B minor》BWV232, 《St. Matthew Passion》BWV244 in Japan and Seigi Abe 《Oratorio
Job》in Moscow, Russia. She has appeared in "La Folle Journée au JAPON" in 2017 and 2019. She studied with Mikiko Makino, Keizo Takahashi, Chieko Teratani and Masako
Miyashita, Taiki (Tenor)
He is from Kanagawa prefecture. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, vocal music course and the graduate of the same university. He won the doseikai prize when he graduated undergraduate. He won the first prize in the 26th fraternity German Lied Competition and received the Minister of Education Award, and the Schubert Award. He had an opportunity of studying in Vienna as an extra prize. He was selected at the 85th Japan Music Competition Vocal Music Section Final Competition. He was the soloist of ” Messiah, Tokyo University of the Arta” in 2013, Bach “Christmas Oratorio” at the 2014 Chorus concert, and Mozart “Requiem” at the same concert in 2015. In addition, he works as a soloist for Buxtehude “We are the limbs of Jesus”, Beethoven “No. 9”, Verdi “Requiem”. He studied under Katsunori Kono.
Sekiguchi, Naohito (Baritone)
Naohito Sekiguchi is from Iwate Prefecture. Graduated from music course of Kozukata high
school, and vocal music department of Tokyo University of the Arts. He received an
incentive award for “Art song vocal competition for high school students" for 2 consecutive
years, and the 3rd prize at the 56th All Japan Student Music Competition in Tokyo for vocal
music high school section. He was also selected in the vocal section at Sogakudo Japan
vocal competition in 2017. As a vocalist, he started activities at his college era at concert
halls and recording studios. He studied under Reiko Muramatsu, Teruo Sanbayashi, Hiroshi
Aoshima and Akiya Fukushima.
While acting as a soloist in opera and religious songs, he took part in Seiji Ozawa Ongaku Juku in 2007, 2008, 2012, and sing as a member of chorus group in many concerts. In addition, he emphasizes chorus teaching with "the chorus that sticks to the heart", and is teaching at a chorus group near the Kanto region. This is his third appearance at Takefu International Music Festival. He loves meeting here with great musicians, people from the festival choir, and Echizen soba.
From 2004 to 2014, she worked in the Jisho-ji Temple in Kyoto (the Silver pavilion), as an Ikebana master who was in charge of
flower offerings. She was also in charge of various cultural activities as part of the Temple’s International Cultural Exchange
Program (France, U.S.A., Monaco, Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan).
Since 2014, she has made collaborations with Japanese and foreign creators, such as musicians, contemporary artists,
Japanese craftwork masters and architects, and participated in several music festivals and exhibitions, held home and abroad.
She became independent in 2015 as Ikebana master who devotes herself to plants (Hananofu,花士). Shuho continues to make
flower offerings to the Nature, deities, people, and occasions.
In the same year, she started Seirensha flower arrangement lessons to propose fulfilled life by being with the nature.
In 2016, Shuho made activities in China. She was selected as one of the cultural representatives of the “Japan House” project that the Ministry of Foreign Affaires conducts to promote Japanese culture on abroad.
In April, 2017, she is to be visiting fellow of the Kyoto University of
Art and Design. Her publications include « Zokajinen, Recreating
Nature – Ikebana of the Temple Jisho-ji – » (Tankôsha, 2013)
Love for all… By making flower offerings, she tries to create
person-to-person, person-to-thing and thing-to-thing connection.
Sakai Chisato （Crystal bowl)
Nishimura Kiyoshi (Trumpet)
Takimura Hiroko (Trumpet)
Takemoto Yuichi (Trombone)
Yamaguchi Mariko (Tuba)
Ivan Fedele (Italy)
Federico Gardella (Italy)
Nina Šenk (Slovenia)
Nina Šenk (1982) graduated in composition from the Ljubljana Academy of Music under
Prof. Pavel Mihelčič, then continued her postgraduate studies in composition in Dresden
under the mentorship of Prof. Lothar Voigtländer and obtained her master’s degree in the
class of Prof. Matthias Pintscher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, in 2008.
She is a recipient of many awards, including the European award for the best composition at the Young Euro Classic festival for her Violin Concerto in 2004, the Academy of Music Prešeren Award and the first prize at the Weimar Spring Festival of Contemporary Music for her composition Movimento fluido in 2008. In the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 seasons, Nina Šenk was a Composer in Residence of the Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra in Germany. In 2010, the Rector of the University of Ljubljana awarded her a special recognition for artistic work in the area of musical composition and performance as well as architecture. In 2017, she was awarded the Prešeren Fund Prize for her creative work in the previous two years.
Nina Šenk’s works have been performed at numerous important international festivals
(BBC Proms, New York Philharmonic Biennial, Salzburger Festspiele, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Kasseler Musiktage, Musica Viva Munich, Frankfurter Positionen, Weimarer Frühjahrstage, Heidelberger Frühling, Takefu Festival (Japan), Ljubljana Summer Festival, Slowind Festival, Slovenian Music Days, World Music Days, World Saxophone Congress, etc.) and in many other concerts around the world with various orchestras and ensembles (New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra, Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Mosaik, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble United Berlin, Slowind Wind Quintet, Ensemble Aleph, Altera Veritas, MD7, DC8, Ensemble Concorde, Kammersymphonie Berlin and others).
Dylan Lardelli (New Sealand)
Katherine Balch (USA)
Katherine Balch (b.1991) writes music that seeks to create intimate sonic environments driven by attention to detail, textural lyricism, and playful investigation of sounds. Her work has been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo, Minnesota, Oregon, Albany and
California Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary
Ensemble, Contemporaneous and wildUp, among others, and has been featured on
IRCAM’s Manifeste (Paris, France), Festival MANCA (Nice, France), Suntory Summer Arts (Tokyo, Japan), Tanglewood, Aspen, Fontainebleau, Norfolk, and Santa Fe music festivals.
Katherine is the 2017-2020 composer-in-residence for the California Symphony, and is
managed by Young Concert Artists, Inc., where she currently holds the William B. Butz
composition chair. Recent recognitions include awards from ASCAP, BMI, the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, and Chamber Music USA. She completed her M.M. at Yale School of Music, studying with Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, and Chris Theofanidis. She is currently pursuing her D.M.A. at Columbia University, where she studies with Georg Haas.
Watanabe, Yukiko (Japan/ living in Germany)
Yukiko Watanabe has studied both composition and piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music
Japan with Keiko Harada and Michio Mamiya. 2008 she moved to Austria and studied with
Beat Furrer at Kunstuniversität Graz. From 2014 to 2016 she studied with Johannes
Schöllhorn at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. She received awards and scholarships like
Nomura Cultural Foundation, Rohm Music Foundation, Japanese Agency for Cultural
Affairs, DAAD, Ö1 Talentebörse-Kompositionspreise, Akutagawa Award for Music Composition. She was the recipient of the “International Ensemble Modern Academy
Scholarship” (2016/17) in Frankfurt and Kunststiftung NRW im Künstlerdorf Schöppingen 2018.
Maegawa, Izumi (Japan)
Kinoshita, Masamichi (Japan)
Kamiyama, Nana (Japan)
Miura, Noriko (Japan)
Kanai, Isamu (Japan)
Harry Vogt (Germany)
Kakigi, Nobuyuki (Japan)
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