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.
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.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Ph.D. in Composition,
New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts: M.M. with Distinction,1988
Additional composition study in Paris, France, 1987
New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts: Bachelor of Music
in Music Theory, 1981-1985
IRCAM, Paris, France: Participation in Stage Program, 1998
IRCAM, Paris, France: Visiting Scholar, 1997
Principal Teachers in Composition
･ Earl Kim
･ Bernard Rands
･ Pozzi Escot
･ Donald Martino
･ Joji Yuasa
Teaching and Music Research Positions
Niigata University, Niigata, Japan: Professor, since
Niigata University, Niigata, Japan: Associate Professor,
International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan: Lecturer
in Music Theory, since 2000
Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan: Lecturer in
Composition, since 1995
Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan: Researcher
at the Center for Computer Music
& Music Technology,
Takasaki Art Center College, Takasaki, Japan: Lecturer,
Harvard University: Senior Teaching Fellow, 1989-1991
New England Conservatory
||･ The Old
Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hall, Poznan, Poland
Women’s University, Japan
||･ Asahi Hall,
Hall, Niigata, Japan
||･ Tsuda Hall,
Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Work for 2 Flutes and Piano 2007.
Work for 2 Flutes.. March, 2006
･ Kenta Suzuki
Work for Piano.. November, 2005.
･ Niigata Flute Ensemble Academy
Work for Flute Ensemble January, 2005.
･ Niigata Meikun High School
Work for Chamber Orchestra and a Choir March, 2004.
･ Rie Shimizu
Work for Alto Flute. May, 2004.
･ Noh City
Work for Percussion Ensemble. May, 1998.
･ Akemi Masuko and Martin Losert
Work for Alto Saxophone and Piano. May, 1998.
･ Sonic Chambers Player
Work for woodwind quartet. September, 1997.
･ Duo Mei-Fa,
Work for Flute and Koto. September, 1995.
･ Vortex, Koto Quartet.
Work for Koto Quartet. May, 1995.
･ Hatsumi Miura, concert organist.
Work for the organ of Stanford University, Stanford, California.
･ Japan Biwa Society
Contemporary theater work for biwa, two voices, cello,
real-time computer, and recorded computer-generated
･ Japan Organ Society
For the International Organ Conference, Tokyo. 1993.
･ The Japan Association for Mathematical Science (Heisuke
For the opening of Onuma International Seminar House.
･ Doriot A. Dwyer, Boston Symphony Orchestra, former principal
For flute and harp. 1992.
Prize 7th Wieniawski International Competition for Composers,
Second Prize Blodgett Composers Competition for String
George Arthur Knight Prize, 1989.
Adelbert W. Sprague Prize, 1988.
Composition List (
Last 8 Years)
Sea, for 2 Flutes and Piano. 2007
･ For the memory of Stars III, for Cello. 2006
･ For the memory of Stars II, for Piano. 2006
･ For the memory of Stars I, for Piccolo. 2006
･ Far in the Distance, for Flute and Computer Generated Music.
･ Anamnesis, for Flute Ensemble 2005
･ Kaze ni shitagaete yobu, for Flute, Violin, Cello. 2004
･ Prism, for 2 Pianos. 2004
･ Suwaru, an Installation work. 2004
･ Festive Overture, for Chamber Orchestra and a Choir. 2004
･ Mai, for Alto Flute. 2004
･ Disparate Space-Time II, for Flute. 2002
･ Disparate Space-Time I, for Violin. 2002
･ Scenes from Noh-City, for Percussion Ensemble. 2001
･ Wind from the Ancient, for Flute, Percussion, Compute Generated
･ Music around C, for String Quartet. 2000
References - Available