biography

■ Kensaku SHIMIZU (composer)

Kensaku Shimizu is a recipient of many composition awards and funds. In 1990, he unanimously won the first prize (no 2nd prize) in the 7th International Wieniawski Competition for Composers in Poland. In 1998, he was selected by the jury to participate in the “Stage Program” to study computer music and music technology at IRCAM in Paris, where he was also a visiting scholar. He was invited to the Festival de Musiques Nouvelles in Toulouse, France, at Qiqihar University in China, and most recently, at the College of New Jersey for the Composer’s Forum in the United States.  Commissions come from Doriot Dwyer, the former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Yuko Hayashi, a renowned organist, Japan Organ Society, Powell Flutes Japan, Japan Association for the Mathematical Sciences, Japan Biwa Society. His recent works have been premiered by Jacque Zoon, the former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony, Kazuo Tokito, the Solo Piccolo of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eiichi Chijiiwa, soloist and co-principal violinist of the Orchestra de Paris. In 2009, his orchestral work, “Transmutation” was premiered in Kiev, by the National Symphony Orchestra of Kiev.  In 2011, He was commissioned by the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra, and “the Requiem for Fukushima” for 2 Soloists, Choir and the Orchestra was world premiered in Constance, Germany in March 2012.

Born in Japan in 1961, he is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he earned Bachelor of Music in music theory and Master of Music with distinction in composition. Following further studies in Paris, he was accepted to the doctorate program to study composition at Harvard University, receiving a full scholarship and stipend and the opportunity to serve as a teaching fellow. After graduating from Harvard, he returned to Japan to teach at International Christian University and Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. Currently, he is a Professor at Niigata University and a visiting Professor at Qiqihar University in China.  He studied composition and theory with Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, Donald Martino, Earl Kim, Bernard Rands and Joji Yuasa.

 

Kensaku Shimizu's Portfolio Portfolio 2014(English Version)

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