1946 born in Kyoto.
1966 studied harmony and counterpoint with Hideo ARASHINO.
1970 studied orchestration and composition with Yujiro FUKUSHIMA.
Basic conducting method with Ken’ichiro KOBAYASHI.
Member of composer group “ju” and Mixed chorus group”ju” resident conductor.
Works: Chrono-Ⅱ-for Mar.Fl.Cb.”Sound of Breath”for Viola,
The tree on side spring water –for String Quartet,
Chrono-Ⅲ―for chamber orchestra,
Exchange concert “The Rainbow bridge of the Silk Road"-for koto&Soz,doira(Uzbekistan)
Yoshinao Kobayashi, born in Japan in 1961, began to play the piano when he was four, and later he learned piano with Prof. Koya Harigai and music composition with Prof. Terumichi Tanaka. In 1984, he received a prize in the 4th composing competition of the Japan Mandolin Union. His works are played around the world, such as Europe and Asia. Many of his pieces have been published by Joahim-Trekel Musikverlag (Hamburg, Germany). He belongs to The Japan Federation of Composers Inc. (JFC). He has presented works at concerts organized by JFC, such as "Japanese Composers 2021" and "Asian Music Festival 2022 in Kawasaki". He is a professor of Center for Physical and Mental Health, Mie University. He has occupied as a doctor of internal medicine, but music has always played an important role throughout his life. He always aims to combine health medicine and music.
Born in Tokyo. Graduated from the Musicology Course and the Composition Course, Kunitachi College of Music. Received the 3rd JSCM Award for Composers. Awarded the 3rd Prize in the 56th Music Competition of Japan, the 2nd Prize in Budapest Spring Festival International Composers’ Competition and the 3rd prize in the 3rd Music Today Composition Contest. Received an honorable mention in the 11th Composition Award sponsored by the Japan Symphony Foundation. Member of Japan Society for Contemporary Music, the Japan Federation of Composers, Modern Japanese Song Society and the Hogaku Composers Alliance 2010.
Working in various genres ranged from music for children to contemporary music. Currently enthusiastic about composing songs with Japanese traditional instruments.
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, music faculty, composition course. Finished the above university’s master course and the culture and associates of Agency for Cultural Affairs. Awarded Doseikai prize at university.2nd prize at 82nd The Music Competition of Japan composition section also Iwatani prize and the 8th JFC Composers Award.
Composing study under Mr. Kaoru Koyama, Kenjiro Urata, Manabu Kawai and Eisuke Tsuchida. Instructed Tokiwazu-bushi on Mojibei Tokiwazu. Work at Nagoya College of Music as a Specially Appointed Associate Professor and Toho Gakuen School of Music as a lecturer. Director of the Japan Federation of Composers Inc. and a member of Japan Society for Contemporary Music.
1961年生まれ。現リトアニア音楽演劇アカデミーで作曲を学ぶ。1983年に卒業後、1989年から同アカデミーで教鞭を取り始め、2006年から2014年まで作曲部門長となる。1988年に、彼の作品Miegas (The Sleep)
Rytis Mažulis (b. 1961) studied composition under Prof. Julius Juzeliūnas at the Lithuanian Music Conservatory (now the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), graduating in 1983. He began teaching at the same institution in 1989 and headed its Composition Department from 2006 to 2014. In 1988 he was awarded the Tyla ('Silence') Prize for his chamber music composition Miegas ('The Sleep'), and the Lithuanian Culture Fund Prize for his chamber and vocal music. He was a fellowship holder at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart from September 1998 to April 1999. Mažulis is a three-time winner for best vocal composition (ajapajapam, 2002; Forma yra tuštuma 'Form is Emptiness', 2006; Coda, 2011) in the best compositions of the year competition organised by the Lithuanian Composers' Union. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, awarded for achievements in culture and the arts.
Rytis Mažulis's works are regularly performed at various festivals and concerts in Lithuania and abroad. His scores and audio recordings were published by TOVE (Theatre of Voices Edition), Lithuanian Music information centre, Megadisc Classics, Harmonia mundi, Bolt Records, ANTS, Naxos Audiovisual. Mažulis collaborated with performers Arne Deforce, Anton Lukoszieveze, Tuomas Pyrhonen, Manuel Zurria, Ewa Liebchen, Erik Carlson, Helena Bugallo, Amy Williams, Susanna Phillips, Karl Larsson, "The Hilliard Ensemble", "Court Circuit", "Pierrot Lunaire", "Apartment House", "The New Yourk Miniaturist Ensemble", Latvian Radio Choir, "Jauna muzika", "Melos", etc.
Dr Egidija Medekšaitė (b. 1979) received a PhD in composition from the Durham University by Prof. Richard Rinjvos and Dr Sam Hayden in 2016. She studied composition at the universities of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Prof. Rytis Mažulis), and Stuttgart Academy of Music, where her teachers included Marco Stroppa and Caspar J. Walter. In 2003 she took part in the Programme of Composition and Music Technology in Tampere (Finland). In 2004 she attended master classes in Istebna (Poland), Dundaga (Latvia) and the Acanthes Composition Workshop in Metz (France), where she studied with Jonathan Harvey, Philippe Manoury and Martin Matalon. The composer participates in various interdisciplinary projects, writes music for dance performances and movies, her music is constantly performed in contemporary music festivals in Lithuania and abroad.
Egidija Medekšaitė composes mostly chamber music, often combining acoustic and electronic sound. One of the most important underlying principles in her work is strict organization of all parameters of music, based on some predefined patterns (progressions of pitches or durations, different numerological prodecures, etc). However, Medekšaitė’s music sounds more as a meditative flow than mathematically built structures.
Medekšaitė’s music was performed by Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Apartment House (UK), Ruthless Jabiru (UK), Lithuanian National Symphony orchestra (Lithuania), chamber choir "Jauna muzika" (Lithuania), Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble (Germany), string quartet "The Smith quartet" (UK), string quartet "Chordos" (Lithuania), cellist Anton Lukoszevieze (UK), ensemble "Oneplusone" (Latvia), bassoon quartet "Vilniaus fagotynas" (Lithuania), orkest de Volhardong (Netherlands), Šv. Kristoforo chamber string orchestra (Lithuania), vocal group „Cosmos“ (Latvia)
新ロマン主義、ミニマリスム、マイクロトナリティなど、注目すべきさまざまな影響が、彼の音楽の特別な技法として見受けられる。彼の作品はリトアニア国立交響楽団、リトアニア室内オーケストラをはじめとした数々の素晴らしいオーケストラ、ソリストに演奏されている。リトアニア作曲家協会の会長、国際現代音楽協会 (ISCM) リトアニア支部の副会長を務める。
Vytautas Germanavičius (b. 1969) is a Lithuanian composer who studied in Vilnius, Dartington, San Francisco, and Helsinki. He holds a DMA in Composition from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2022), and MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College (2005, Fulbright Scholarship, USA).
A notable variety of influences – new romanticism, minimalism, and microtonality has been regarded as a special feature of Germanavicius’s music. The composer uses varied means of musical expression, with particular attention to the timbral spectrum of sound. “It is no longer the rhythm that is explored, but the colour of the sound; not the structure, but the texture. For the composer, architectural rigidity or software visualization has become redundant. It is not only a musical language that has been mastered but also the musical thought for which the abstraction of the sound as such is sufficient” by Vita Gruodytė, musicologist.
Vytautas recently defended his artistic doctorate research project based on Lithuanian folk songs and instrumental music. He was granted an annual Scholarship for his study results from the Research Council of Lithuania (2022). His research articles were presented in scientific journals and international conferences in Lithuania, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Austria.
In 2016, Vytautas was granted the Lithuanian Composers’ Union annual competition award for the Best Composition of the Year for bass saxophone and orchestra Underwater Geometry.
Vytautas was a recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada, 2000), he was a resident at Visby International Composers Center (Sweden, 2001), Nida Arts Colony (2016), and Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, 2019).
The composer's music has been widely performed by prominent orchestras, ensembles and soloists in many international contemporary music festivals throughout Europe, North America and Asia – ISCM World New Music Days (Vancouver, Vilnius, Stuttgart, Zagreb, Hong Kong, Yokohama); Gaudeamus Music Week; Vancouver New Music; Other-Minds (USA); Est-Ouest (France); Italian Composers Forum; L’art pour L’Aar (Switzerland); Foro International De Musica Nueva (Mexico); European Lead Forum (Berlin); Kyiv Music Fest, 2D2N of New Music (Odessa); Music of Friends (Moscow), Europe-Asia Festivals (Kazan); Musicacoustica (Beijing); Asia-Europe (Vietnam); Gaida; Thomas Mann festival among others.
Germanavicius’s music has been commissioned by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Festivals of Contemporary Music, performing ensembles in Lithuania and abroad.
Mr. Vytautas Germanavičius, currently holds the position of the Chairman of the Lithuanian Composers Union Music Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Lithuanian Section.
Aistė Bružaitė (Kankles)
Aistė Bružaitė, a professional kanklės player, is an active participant of the musical life in Lithuania and abroad. She has been expanding the possibilities of the kanklės instrument music by participating in different projects together with the performers of western music instruments and orchestras, playing in different ensembles, and rising to challenges and innovations.
Aistė has been the first performer of a number of new works of Lithuanian composers, dedicated to her, she has prepared many programmes and recordings together with the Jauna Muzika Choir of the Vilnius City Municipality (artistic director and conductor: Vaclovas Augustinas). Aistė performed solo with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Capella, and Pskov (Russia) Symphony Orchestra, moreover, prepared and published a collection of the latest compositions for lithuanian traditional instrument kanklės 21st Century Music for Kanklės and Kanklės Duo. By participating in different ensembles, Aistė prepared four CDs of Lithuanian composers music. She has been an active participant and organiser of national and international events, concerts, international conferences and seminars in Lithuania and abroad.
In 2016, together with the Art Vio String Quartet and the Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, she has performed a concert-recital program at the TV concert studio of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television, in which premieres of Lithuanian composers have been performed and recorded.
2008年 第15 回賢順記念全国箏曲コンクールにおいて第1位・賢順賞を受賞。2021年より、異なる分野のアーティストや専門家をつなぐコンサート・プロジェクト「NOBU-LAB.」（ノブラボ）をスタート。現在、東海大学教養学部芸術学科非常勤講師、滋賀県立文化産業交流会館「邦楽専門実演家養成事業」講師、東京文化会館ワークショップ・リーダーとして未就学児やその家族などに対するワークショップ活動も行なっている。
Nobutaka Yoshizawa (So)
Nobutaka Yoshizawa (b.1982) is a Japanese koto player. Yoshizawa has been invited and given performances of both traditional and contemporary works in both Japan and abroad, including France, Vienna, the United Kingdom, Finland, Portugal, the Turkish Republic, New Zealand, South Korea and USA, and 2013, gave Koto lecture for Composition class of Prof.Gérard Pesson in Conservatoire de Paris.
Since finishing his masters degree at Tokai University in Japan, he has attended the Ensemble Modern Academy (2010) in Tokyo where he has selected as one of the talented young players. He has also been given awards and scholarships by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (2006), Kenjun award (2008), Utsunomiya Citizen Prize(2009) and Tochigi Future Ambassador(2016).
In recent years, he is also performing for the Educational Program and Community Engagement Program as a Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Music Workshop Leader. Currently, a part-time Lecturer, Course of Music, Department of Arts, School of Humanities and Culture, Tokai University. And, he has a concert project "NOBU-LAB." that connects artists from different fields with koto music.
令和元年度文化庁文化交流使。人間国宝二代青木鈴慕、三代青木鈴慕に師事。国際尺八コンクール2018 in ロンドン優勝。利根英法記念邦楽コンクール最優秀賞。国際現代音楽祭ARS MUSICAにて武満徹"November
Reison Kuroda (Shakuhachi)
Japan Curtural Envoy 2019 of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan. Studied under Aoki Reibo (Shakuhachi player nationally designated as a Living National Treasure) and Aoki Shoji in Japan.
Amongst awards he won are there the highest award at the World Shakuhachi Competition in London 2018, the highest award at Tone Hidenori Memorial Competition.
Performed "November Steps" composed by Takemitsu Toru at the international contemporary music festival "ARS MUSICA".
He pursues the infinite possibilities of the shakuhachi now and in the future through annual solo performances around the world, numerous commissioned new works, and collaborations with orchestras. He has provided many sound sources for CDs, TV, Kabuki performances, etc.
VENTUS】として東京文化会館にてデビューリサイタル、2022年にはリサイタルーツアーを行い各方面より好評を博す。2022年結成した弦楽四重奏団【Eureka Quartet】ではベートーヴェン 弦楽四重奏曲全曲演奏会を始め、様々な活動を展開している。桐朋学園大学音楽学部附属子供のための音楽教室講師。
Mika Hirose (Violin)
Born in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture. She started violin at the age of three. After Toho Gakuen Music High School, she graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department. She completed her bachelor's degree and her master's degree at the German State University of the Arts Berlin with the highest degree. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras in Japan and abroad, including the German Jena Philharmoniker and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. When she graduated from Toho Gakuen University, she was given the opportunity to perform in front of the Imperial Palace at Tokagakudo. She graduated from the Berlin Komische Opera Orchestra Academy and was a Forspieler with the Deutsche Hannover State Orchestra. She is currently performing as a soloist and chamber musician, and in 2020 she will make her debut recital at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan as a piano trio [TRIO VENTUS], and in 2022 she performed a recital tour and receive favorable reviews. In 2022, she started performing all Beethoven string quartets in her string quartet [Eureka Quartet], which she formed, and she is developing various activities. She is now lecturer at the Music School for Children, affiliated with Toho Gakuen College Department.
桐朋女子高等学校音楽科、桐朋学園大学を卒業。在学中N響アカデミーに在籍。桐朋学園オーケストラアカデミーSランク修了。2015年4月から20年3月までThe Orchestra Japanで第2ヴァイオリン首席奏者などを務めた。東京シティ・フィルの客演首席など、在京オーケストラで活躍。サントリーホール室内楽アカデミー第２、３期フェローとして、パシフィカ・カルテットらと共演するなど、室内楽活動を展開。ヴァイオリンを小林すぎ野、木野雅之、加藤知子、室内楽を原田幸一郎、毛利伯郎、店村眞積、東京クヮルテット各氏に師事。
Kyo Ogata (Violin)
Graduated from Toho Gakuen Music High School and Toho Gakuen College Music Department. While in school, she enrolled at the NHK Symphony Orchestra Academy. She completed the Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy S Rank. From April 2015 to March 2020, she served as principal second violinist at The Orchestra Japan. She is active in orchestras in Tokyo, such as the guest principal of the Tokyo City Philharmonic. As a 2nd and 3rd Fellow of the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, she has performed with the Pacifica Quartet and other chamber music activities. She studied violin under Sugino Kobayashi, Masayuki Kino, and Tomoko Kato, and chamber music under Koichiro Harada, Hakuro Mori, Masazumi Tanamura, and the Tokyo Quartet. Currently, she is a violinist of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her chamber music activities, she also teaches younger musicians.
Yuria Mashiba (Viola)
She started playing the violin at the age of four. After graduating from Toho Music High School and the college, she went to Germany. She completed a master's degree at the Franz Liszt Weimar Hochschule für Musik. She won the 58th and 59th All Japan Student Music Competition Encouragement Prize. She has participated in international music seminars in Prague, Courchevel, Nice and other places in Japan and abroad, and she has been selected to perform at the final concert. From 2010 to 2014 she participated in the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy and performed at the Saito Kinen Festival. She has studied under Kyoko Kimura, Akiko Tatsumi, Yoshio Unno, and Gernot Suessmuth, and has studied chamber music with Tsugio Tokunaga, Tomoko Kato, Hakuro Mori, Tatsuya Yabe, and the Tokyo Quartet. She is currently performing a wide range of performance activities as a freelancer. She is also focusing on teaching younger students as a violin teacher. She presides over the Kashiwanoha Music School.
Koya Suzuki (Violoncello)
Graduated from Toho Gakuen College Music Department (majored in cello) at the top of his class. After studying under Luis Claret at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, he moved to Germany. He completed a master's degree at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. He participated in Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra Project I. He won the 4th prize in the instrumental section at the 10th Las Corts International Competition. He has taken masterclasses with Peter Wispelway and Enrico Dindo. He appeared as a soloist at the 9th Cello Day organized by the Japan Cello Association. In addition to being invited to perform at the Embassy of Japan in Germany, he has given recitals at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Hakuju Hall and was well received. In addition to his repertoire from classical to contemporary,she has been involved in many premieres of new works. He released his first album as TRIO VENTUS from Japan Acoustic Records. In addition to performing as a principal player in various orchestras, he presides over the Klingel Academy and teaches younger musicians.
リマ・ポヴィリオニエン (1975生まれ) は、音楽学の博士号を取得しており、リトアニア音楽演劇アカデミーの音楽学科の常勤教授。科学年刊誌 リトアニアン・ミュージコロジーの副編集長 (http:// zurnalai.lmta.lt/en/journal/Lithuanian-musicology/) ,
Rima Povilionienė (Musicologist)
Rima Povilionienė (b. 1975), PhD in musicology, is a full-time professor at the Department of Musicology of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, assistant editor-in-chief of the scientific annual journal Lithuanian Musicology (http://zurnalai.lmta.lt/en/journal/lithuanian-musicology/), and a concert booklet editor at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. She is the author of the monograph Musica mathematica: Traditions and Innovations in Contemporary Music (Peter Lang, 2016), and a co-editor (with Nick Zangwill and Rūta Stanevičiūtė) of the Of Essence and Context: Between Music and Philosophy collection for Springer (2019). Rima has held a research position at the International Semiotics Institute (ISI) at Kaunas University of Technology and at the Centre for Science at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Rima also held internships at the Institute of Musicology at Leipzig University (2004) and IRCAM (2012) and attended Eastman School summer courses in Paris, IRCAM (2019), and ManiFeste Academy at IRCAM (2019 and 2022). She has edited over 15 collections and published more than 30 scientific articles and 150 critical reviews. She has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Leipzig University, the Tbilisi Conservatoire, the Belgrade University of Arts, the J. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Vilnius University, and Kaunas University of Technology. Her monograph Musica Mathematica (in Lithuanian, 2013) was awarded the Professor Vytautas Landsbergis Foundation Prize for the best musicological work of the year. She is an editor of two collections for Springer (2017 and 2019). At the end of 2022, a collective monograph (co-authors Girėnas Povilionis and Diego Cannizzaro) Vox Humana Craftsmanship. Origins, Intersections and Influence on Lithuanian Pipe Organ Building is forthcoming at Springer.