ARTIST / STAFF
一柳 慧 Toshi Ichiyanagi
music director ,composer ,pianist
白井 晃 Akira Shirai
須藤 崇規 Takaki Sudo
主な映像プラン作品に、範宙遊泳『その夜と友達』、F/T16 ドキュントメント『となり街の知らない踊り子』、NISSAY OPERA 2015『ドン・ジョバンニ』、チェルフィッチュ『わたしは彼女に何もしてあげられない』、マームとジプシー×急な坂スタジオ『歩行と移動』、F/T13『光のない。（プロローグ？）』（小沢剛演出）、あいちトリエンナーレ2013『ほうほう堂@おつかい』、『鑑賞者』（小野寺修二演出）、『ほうほう堂@緑のアルテリオ』、チェルフィッチュ『ゾウガメのソニックライフ』(岡田利規演出)、『長短調 または眺め身近め』（中野成樹演出）、『アトミック・サバイバー』（阿部初美演出）など。
山本 和智 Kazutomo Yamamoto
森 円花 Madoka Mori
杉山 洋一 Yoichi Sugiyama
上野 通明 Michiaki Ueno
平田 紀子 Noriko Hirata
寺井 結子 Yuiko Terai
中島 裕康 Hiroyasu Nakajima
Profiles of the artists and staffs
Toshi Ichiyanagi, composer, pianist，music direction
He currently serves as general artistic director of Kanagawa Arts Foundation. Born in Kobe (1933), Toshi Ichiyanagi studied composition under Kishio Hirao, Tomojiro Ikenouchi and John Cage and piano under Chieko Hara and Beveridge Webster. He entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York in 1954 and stayed in the city until 1961, during which time he engaged avant-garde musical activities under the influence of John Cage. Returning to Japan in 1961, he introduced new music from Japan, Europe and America to Japanese audiences, in which capacity he exerted a galvanizing influence on many fields of the contemporary arts. He revisited the United States in 1966, presenting his compositions at concerts nationwide. In 1976 he was active in Berlin on a DAAD grant and received commissions for new works from music festivals throughout Europe. During the 1980s and 90s he composed several large-scale works for Japanese traditional instruments and formed the Tokyo International Music Ensemble (TIME) and the Ensemble Origin to enable their performance. As well as performing in Japan, these ensembles have given frequent performance in Europe and the United States. Toshi Ichiyanagi’s profile compositional output includes 4 operas, 10 symphonies, 12 concertos and 6 works for Gagaku ensemble in addition to a large number of works in the fields of chamber and choral music. He continues today to create new works in his own distinctive style that pursues the spatial qualities of music. He has been the recipient of many honors and awards including the Otaka Prize on 5 occasions, L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government, the Mainichi Art Prize, the Kyoto Music Grand Prize, the Suntory Music Prize, the Purple Ribbon Medal, the Order of the Rinsing Sun (Gold Rays with Rosette), and Person of Cultural Merit.
Akira Shirai, stage director, space supervision
Akira Shirai, coming from Kyoto, established his own drama company “Zenjido Yu-kikai Theatre” in 1983. While he was working with them until 2002, he attained high reputation for his talent as a director. He has directed various productions after he began to work independently in the wide range of field from straight play, musical to opera. His direction of European novels and plays such as pieces by Paul Auster, Philip Ridley, expressing his own distinctive aesthetics, is especially highly acclaimed. Recent direction work by Akira Shirai include “Orlando”, “Spring awakening”(both 2017), “Rise and Fall of the City of Machagonny”, “A Dream Play”(both 2016),“Peer Gunt”(2015) etc. He is awarded many prizes such as the Best Director Prize of 9th and 10th Yomiuri Drama Award, Yoshiko Yuasa Prize (playwright category) for “The Music of Chance”(2005), 10th Yoshio Sagawa Music Award for “Magic Flute”(2012, Matsumoto Citizens Opera). He has served as artistic director of Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) since April, 2014.
Kazutomo Yamamoto, composer
Born in Yamaguchi (1975), he learned music by himself. He composes in an extensive music field such as orchestra, chamber music, ensemble, chorus, solo instrument and film soundtrack. Various important musicians, ensembles and orchestras, such as Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble play his pieces. His pieces can be listened not only in Japan, but in many other countries as Canada, France, Germany, Netherland, Belgium, the United States, Malaysia and Russia. He was awarded various prizes such as 1st prize in The Molinari International Competition for Composition (Canada), 1st. Prize in Music 21 / AIC International Composers' Competition (Ireland), 2nd Prize in Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (2009, judged by Helmut Lachenmann), 5th JFC Composition Prize (2010, judged by Jo Kondo), 2nd Prize in 6th International Jurgenson Competition for Young Composers (Russia) and Encouragement Prize in Tokyo Experimental Festival-Sound, Art & Performance vol.7. He currently teaches as at Wako University.
Madoka Mori, composer
Born in 1994, she studied at Toho Gakuen Music High School and graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department. During she was studying in college, her orchestra piece was voted to be performed in Toho Gakuen Orchestra Green Hall Subscription Concert. Just after completion of graduate school (2017), she began to teach at Toho Gakuen College. In 2010, and from 2012 to ‘17, her pieces were voted to be included in Exhibition of the pieces by the excellent composition students of Toho Gakuen. In 83th the Music Competition of Japan (Composition for Orchestra category), she won 2nd Prize. She joined Nong Project in Korea as a dispatched student and Takefu International Music Festival as a scholarship student. She studied under Kazuo Mituse, Atsutada Otaka, Joji Yuasa, Eric Tanguy, Hitomi Kaneko, Ivan Fedele, Toshio Hosokawa and Stefano Gervasoni.
Takaki Sudo, video direction
He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music, Musical Creativity and Environment course where he was awarded Ataka Prize while he was studying, and got a master degree at the graduate school of music. He works in an expansive field of video and movie related to performing arts, such as making video images to be used in performances on the stage, directing documentary video of stage performances and distributing moving pictures over the internet. He has got high reputation in shooting performances under special condition such as participation style, landscape style as well as outside theatres. He is highly talented in flexible direction of filmmaking which realizes what the stage directors intend to do. He has collaborated so far with companies like Chelfitsch, Mum & Gypsy, Hanchu-Yuei and directors such as Toshiki Okada, Yukio Shiba, Fabien Prioville, Tsuyoshi Ozawa and Shuji Onodera, each of those icons ahead of our time. His video planning works have been exhibited at Nissay Opera, Festival Tokyo, Aichi Triennale, Kyu na Saka Studio and various other venues. His video direction works can be seen in DVDs of Toshiki Okada, Chelfitsch, Hoho-do. He also teaches at Aichi University.
Yoichi Sugiyama, conductor
Yoichi Sugiyama (born in 1969 in Tokyo) has studied orchestral conducting with Emilio Pomàrico and Morihiro Okabe as well as composition with Franco Donatoni, Sandro Gorli and Akira Miyoshi. He is active both as a conductor and as a composer in Europe and Japan. Since he conducted the Ensemble Modern Orchestra in 2000, he has collaborated with various prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as the Wien Modern, Klangforum Wien, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, The philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, etc. He has also conducted opera productions such as “Conversation With Chomsky” by Emanuele Casale (Teatro Comunale, Bologna, 2016), World premiere of “The Master of Go” by Alessandro Melchiorre (Teatro Filharmonico Verona, 2008), “Falstaff” (Takamatsu),“the Magic Flute” (Sendai and Shirakawa), “The Raven” by Toshio Hosokawa (Teatro Comunale, Bolzano, 2017). As a composer, Yoichi Sugiyama accepts various commissions internationally. He was awarded for many of his pieces such as13th Keizo Saji Prize for “Tokyo Genon Keikaku #01”, 2nd Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Award for “Two verses by Du Fu for female voice and instruments Japanese premiere” commissioned by Rohm Music Foundation. In autumn 2018, he is scheduled to conduct ballet music by Ianis Xenakis “Kraanerg” in Bologna. He has been residing in Milan ever since and he is currently teaching at Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano “Claudio Abbado”.
Michiaki Ueno, cellist
Michiaki Ueno is the first Japanese ever to win 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (2009) at the age of 13. A year later, he won 1st prize in 6th Romanian International Music Competition along with several special awards; Romanian Embassy Prize, and The Romanian Radio Culture Prize. His most recent title has been 1st prize in 21st International Johannes Brahms Competition( 2014). As a soloist he has performed with various orchestras such as the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Michiaki studied under Inaki Etxepare and Shoichi Baba. He studied at Toho Gakuen College Music Department, Soloist Diploma Course with a full scholarship under the tutelage of Prof. Hakuro Mori. Since 2015, he has been pursuing his study at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf with Prof. Pieter Wispelwey. He is also given 1st Foundation for Youth from Iwatani Tokiko Foundation as well as 6th Iwatani Tokiko Encourage Prize. He also won 26th Young Artist Award in Aoyama music awards (2016).
Noriko Hirata, koto player
Studying with Satomi Fukami, she graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music where she was awarded Miyagi Prize while studying, as well as the Acanthus Music Prize and the Doseikai Prize at the moment of graduation. She won 1st. prizes at various competitions such as Miyagi Michio Memorial Contest, Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition in Kurume and Hidenori Tone Memorial Japanese Music Competition. Also awarded 13th Keizo Saji Prize by the Suntory Foundation for Arts for a performance of “Toho Kitan” by “Ensemble Muromachi” which features Japanese traditional instruments and European period instruments. She gave a solo performance in NHK Educational TV The Arts in Japan – Brilliant Young Emerging Artist, and later participated in the recordings of the same TV program’s theme music and the music for NHK Radio 1’s New Sunday Classic Drama Series. She has been active introducing attraction and ability of Japanese traditional music as well as music of various nations through “Hogaku Quartet”, performance for groupes of composers, music festivals and for symposiums. She is a member of Hogaku Quartet, Society for connecting education and study of Japanese music. She serves as a research and education assistant at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Yuiko Terai, koto player
Yuiko Terai was born and raised in Fukushima City. She began studying koto of the Ikuta School under Kyoko Sato at the age of 3, and currently studies under Yuko Endo and Chiaki Endo. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music where she won Miyagi prize and the Doseikai prize while studying. She also completed 55th course of NHK training program for young performers of traditional Japanese instruments . She has performed on NHK FM’s Hōgaku no Hitotoki (Japanese Music Moments) and Hōgaku Hyakuban. She won 2nd prize in Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition in Kurume. After her post graduate prgramme, she began holding regularly scheduled concerts in her home prefecture of Fukushima. Since 2015, she has also organized recitals in Tokyo featuring musicians who have studies under her. She also holds concerts for preschool children to create opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to enjoy traditional Japanese music. She is dedicated to teaching and promoting traditional Japanese music.
Hiroyasu Nakajima, koto player
He studied under Gareiyoh Higuchi and Yuka Hamane. He graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts. Upon his graduation, he gave a performance for the Emperor of Japan at the Toka Music Hall in the Imperial Palace. Nakajima has received numerous prizes, including the New Musician Prize at the 38th Ibaraki New Musician Festival, the top prize of the traditional Japanese music category at the 25th New Musician Competition, the Kenjun Prize at the 20th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition, and the top prize at the 2nd Hidenori Tone Memorial Japanese Music Competition.
In 2013 and 2016, Nakajima performed a solo in NHK Educational TV’s The Arts in Japan – Brilliant Young Emerging Artist and NHK FM’s Hōgaku no Hitotoki (Japanese Music Moments). He has participated in several CD albums including Kinue Nakase: Singing with the Koto, Minao Shibata and His Era: the Second Period,“singing with koto–Kinue Nakase” as well as “portfolio of Teruyuki Noda by Hogaku Quartet” which got recommendation of Ongaku Gendai magazine, special recommendation of Record Arts magagine. He has a master degree of “Seiha-Hogakukai”. He is also a member of Ensemble Muromachi which was awarded 13th Keizo Saji Prize and Hogaku Quartet. He is also giving lessons at his own class in Tokyo.
Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra
Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra was established in 1970. In 1978 it was authorized as an incorporated foundation and 2014 as a public Interest Incorporated Foundation by the prefectural government. With their mission to activate music culture in Kanagawa, the orchestra has been actively performing within the prefecture. In addition to numerous special concerts in various venues in Kanagawa, performances for ballets, operas, recordings, enthusiastic activity for schoolkids are also highly valued by audiences as to engage next generation to the attraction of music. It was rewarded Ando Tamejiro Education Memorial Foundation Prize (1983), Kanagawa Cultural Award (1989), NHK local broadcast cultural Prize, Yokohama Cultural Award (2007). Currently, its activity over internet and social network services is also appreciated and focused on newspapers quite a few times. Shigeo Genda is appointed as Honorary Conductor, Hiroshi Koizumi as Special Guest Conductor and Kentaro Kawase as Principle Concuctor.