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YUKA 
TAKECHI



COMPOSER
Yuka Takechi Composer

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Yuka Takechi   Composer, PhD 

 

Yuka Takechi has forged a unique career as a Japanese composer at the highest level.

Her composition's repertoires are wide and it is covered from orchestra, chamber, choir, works for traditional Japanese instruments to the collaboration works with contemporary arts and architectures.

The idea of her composition is based on cognition of time and space, and transforming elements from within genres of Japanese traditional music such as Shomyo, Gagaku and Noh.

The works are highly acclaimed especially on account of its refined and sonorous color palette.

 

Yuka's works have been performed throughout Europe, Japan, the USA and Russia on occasions such as the International Zagreb Music Biennale to the Tanglewood Music Festival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Leading orchestras and musicians, such as the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Scottish Symphony, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan

etc have performed her compositions.

Yuka's works have also been broadcasted by NHK and BBC3 Music Matters etc.

Also Yuka's works incorporating Japanese traditional instruments have been performed by the leading Japanese exponents such as Mayumi Miyata (sho), Sukeyasu Shiba (ryuteki),Yoko Nishi (Koto) and Hidejiro Honjo ( Sangen) such as venues at the National Theatre in Tokyo

and Carnegie Hall in NY. 

 

She was awarded numerous prestigious awards in Japan such as

the1st Suntory Music Prize/Keizo Saji Prize by her third orchestral work Loin bien loin

premiered by Maestro Kazushi Ono (Opera National de Lyon, France) in 2002,

the Kanagawa Cultural Prize (2009) for her orchestral work Eaux Lumieres Temps,

commissioned for the Yokohama port opening 150th anniversary.

The work was runner-up at the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s Otaka Prize (2010).
She received the Japan Contemporary Art Encouragement Prize (2007) for the large scale ritualistic work “Saigyo Mandala” for Gagaku and Shomyo commissioned by the International Kanagawa Arts Festival, whose artistic director is Toshi Ichiyanagi,

and the Muramatsu Music Prize.

 

Yuka received her B.Mus and M.Mus in composition at the first-class honors at the Tokyo University of Arts and Music (Geidai), studied composition under Jo Kondo.

She was an arts fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in the US where she studied and collaborated with Arata Isozaki (Architect) and Yuji Takahashi (Composer/ Pianist),

a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival under Gorge Benjamin (2003),

a selected research composer at IRCAM in Paris (2005) coached by Philippe Schoeller.

 

She received her PhD at the Royal Academy of Music (2010)

supervised by Simon Bainbridge under a full scholarship.

During her years in RAM, she also studied at the Juilliard School where she had lessons

by Milton Babbitt.

She was an Artist of the Agency for Cultural Affairs overseas by the Japanese Government and

received such awards as the Nomura Cultural Award, the Japan Foundation.

She was also appointed an Associated Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

Upcoming engagements include a commission from Keiko Urushihara (Violin) and Kiyoshi Somura (Guitar), Reflet Blue. Winter Light for Piano commissioned for Toru Takemitsu Memorial concert series has been premiered by Kotaro Fukuma (Piano) in Tokyo, Germany and Poland in 2015-18, a new commissioned large scale work for Koto, Singers and Shakuhachi - Fragments from Shakespeare has been premiered at the National Theatre Tokyo in 2016.

Many of new works have been premiered such as;

Meta Wind for Shamisen premiered by Hidejiro Honjyo ,Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Foundation commission 2019,

Nofretete for Piano, Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary commission 2020,

Bach Homaggio for Harpsichord and Organ, commissioned by the Sainokuni Arts Theatre has been premiered by Naoya Otsuka, Bach Collegium Japan 2022.

 

Yuka taught composition and music theories as a Research Associate Professor at Wakayama University and an invited Lecture of the Royal Welsh College of Music&Drama in UK 2012-14 and Tokyo University of Arts where she teaches composition and lead the lecture with London based Toki String Quartet in 2012. She was an invited composer and a chair panel at New York Summit organized by Columbia University in 2013.

She is also a translator of Mahler Symphony No.6 by Edition Eulenburg, and officiated as an interviewer at “Japanese Composer Series” of Naxos Label.

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洗練と優美な音色と立体的な音空間を捉えた武智の音楽は、

オーケストラ、室内学、合唱、日本の伝統楽器のための作品、美術や建築とのコラボレーションによる空間音楽など多岐に渡る。

主要作品はカーネギーホール、リンカーンセンター、タングルウッド音楽祭、

ロイヤル・フェスティバルホールのルチアーノベリオ音楽祭、ザグレブ国際現代音楽祭等で委嘱初演されており、

ボストン交響楽団や新日本フィルなど、国内外の主要オーケストラ、指揮者、

演奏家の信頼を得て多くの委嘱を受け、世界各地の主なコンサート会場で演奏されている。

東京藝術大学在学中、米国ACAアトランティックアートセンターの若手招聘アーティストに選出、

建築の磯崎新、彫刻の宮脇愛子、作曲の高橋悠治のマスターアーティストとの滞在と共同制作から

後の創作活動への薫陶を受ける。

東京藝術大学作曲科首席卒業・同大学院修了後、

ボストン交響楽団タングルウッド音楽祭フェロー作曲家、ジュリアード音楽院、

文化庁在外派遣員としてフランス国立音楽音響研究所IRCAMの作曲家研究員(ポンピドゥーセンター・パリ)として研鑽を積み、

英国王立音楽院の招聘により日本人初の博士号取得。

これまでに、芥川作曲賞ノミネート(1998)、村松賞(1999)、

第一回サントリー音楽賞・佐治敬三賞(オーケストラの為の「Loin, bien, loin」大野和士指揮 総合受賞)(2002)、

日本藝術文化奨励賞(2007)、

神奈川文化賞未来賞(2009)、N響尾高賞ノミネート(2010)

(オーケストラの為の「Eaux Lumieres Temps」横浜開港150周年記念委嘱)。

2019年、英国ロイヤルアカデミーが顕彰するARAM Award を受賞。

2012-14年和歌山大学特任准教授、英国王立ウエールズ音楽大学客員准教授。13年東京藝術大学特別講座客員講師、

コロンビア大学NYサミット招聘作曲家、ロンドン在住。

米国コロンビア大学委嘱「Indra’s Net」(2012)、

神奈川国際芸術フェスティバル委嘱「声明と雅楽 西行マンダラ」(2007-09)、

国立劇場初演「シェイクスピアによる断章」(2016)など、

芝祐靖(龍笛)、宮田まゆみ(笙)、本條秀慈郎(三絃)、下野戸亜弓(山田流箏)、西陽子(生田流箏)始めとする

日本を代表する伝統楽器奏者による委嘱も数多い。

近年では、2016年 武満徹没後20周年記念・福間洸太朗リサイタル委嘱(彩の国芸術劇場)「Winter Light/ Ephemera (冬日・蜉蝣)」初演、

2017年 ロンドンのDaiwa Foundation 主催「Yuka Takechi "Creating Future of the Tradition"」レクチャー公演

18年 英国のToru Takemitsu Society委嘱「Reflet Blue」英国初演、BBC Radio3 Music Mattersに出演。

19年ブルガリア国際ピアノフェスティバル初演、

The Kings Singers キングスシンガーズのメンバーによる「Hyo-haku (漂泊)」英国初演。

20年 Trinity College of Music, Contemporary Piano Festival  委嘱UK初演、三絃の本條秀慈郎の委嘱「Meta Wind」初演収録、

21年 英国王立音楽院Royal Academy of Music の創立200周年記念委嘱で「Nofretete」初演と収録、

また山田流箏のための「リルケの詩による Rose」下野戸亜弓(箏)の委嘱初演収録。

22年 彩の国芸術劇場主催公演・バッハ平均律シリーズ最終回への委嘱作品、チェンバロとオルガンの為の「Bach Homaggio Prelude I」が

バッハ・コレギウム・ジャパンの大塚直哉により初演されている。

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