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Composer of the Year

2019-2020Kenji Sakai

Kenji Sakai

He was born in Osaka (Japan) on 6th August 1977. Studying at Kyoto University of Fine Arts and Music, he respectively studied composition, piano, electronics and analysis at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, la Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève and at Ircam. He was a member of France Academy in Madrid for 2012-2013.

Helmut Lachenmann described Kenji Sakai's style as his compositional virtuosity was highly developed in a personal manner in dealing with sound and time, no sterile epigonism, without fear of triviality, but with a lightness and a luminosity and his works are performed by l'Orchestre National de Lyon, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemble Itinéraire, Jonathan Nott, Jonathan Stockhammer, Momo Kodama, Tatsuki Narita, Mami Hagiwara and so on.

He gains several awards: Grand Prix in George Enescu International Competition (2007), First Prize in Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (2009), Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne Award (2010), Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize (2012), Akutagawa Composition Award (2013) and Georges Wildenstein Prize (2013). In July 2012, he is also awarded by Commissioner for Cultural Affairs in Japan.

Recently his activities is not only focused on classical music but also a participation to the tribute album to pop singer, hide (X JAPAN), the appearances on J-MELO (TV), the jury in Music Competition of Japan and so on.

Historic OEK Composer of the Year

2019-2020Kenji SakaiTBAFirst performed:27 February 2021 (scheduled)
2018-2019Miho HazamaDom Justo’s FaithFirst performed:25 January 2020
Performance:The 424th Subscription Concert
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Maxime Pascal
2017-2018Shin-ichiro IkebeBeyond This Wind for OrchestraFirst performed:8 September 2018
Performance:Hiroyuki Iwaki Memorial Concert
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hubert Soudant
2016-2017Thierry EscaichOrgan Concerto No.3 "Quatre Visages du Temps"First performed:18 July 2017
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
Organ:Thierry Escaich
2015-2016Toshi IchiyanagiSymphony No.10 - Scenes of Various MemoriesFirst performed:2 June 2016
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Kentaro Kawase
Award:Otaka Prize (2017)
2014-2015Atsuhiko GondaiVice VersaFirst performed:18 July 2015
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
Award:Otaka Prize (2016)
2012-2014Unsuk ChinGraffiti for large ensembleFirst performed:6 September 2014
Performance:Hiroyuki Iwaki Memorial Concert
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Kazuki Yamada
2011-2012Misato Mochizuki3 Mille mondesFirst performed:3 September 2011
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
2010-2011Takashi KakoVermilion ScapeFirst performed:3 September 2010
Venue:Toyama Kenmin Kaikan, Toyama
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
2009-2010Roger BoutryConcerto for Alto and Soprano SaxophonesFirst performed:6 September 2009
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
Saxophone:Nobuya Sugawa
2008-2009Shigeaki SaegusaPiano Concerto "Philosophy of Squids"First performed:10 September 2008
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
Piano:Kaori Kimura
2007-2008Toshi IchiyanagiSymphony No.7 "Ishikawa Paraphrase" - In memory of Hiroyuki IwakiFirst performed:8 January 2008
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Michiyoshi Inoue
2006-2007Tokuhide NiimiSinfonia Concertante "Elan Vital"First performed:7 September 2006
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Yuzo Toyama
Award:Otaka Prize (2007)
2005-2006Yoshio MamiyaTableaux pour Orchestre 2005First performed:24 November 2005
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
2004-2005Atsuhiko Gondai84000×0=0 for Orchestra, op.88First performed:19 March 2005
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
2004-2005Lera AuerbachConcerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2, op.77First performed:21 September 2004
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Violin:Akiko Suwanai
2003-2004Toshiro SaruyaAneamnesisFirst performed:19 September 2002
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
2002-2003Akira MiyoshiThree ImagesFirst performed:8 September 2002
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Piano:Kaori Kimura
Chorus:Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Chorus, OEK Angel Chorus
2001-2002Teizo MatsumuraTo the night of GethsemaneFirst performed:8 September 2002
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
2000-2001Tetsuji EmuraThe Wedge for OrchestraFirst performed:4 September 2000
Venue:Niigata City Performing Arts Center, Niigata
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
1999-2000Hikaru HayashiTHRENUS (THRENODY) for OrchestraFirst performed:1 October 1999
Venue:Kanazawa Kanko Kaikan, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
1998-1999Keiko FujiieGuitar Concerto No.2 "Koisucho"First performed:12 March 1999
Venue:Kanazawa Kanko Kaikan, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Guitar:Kazuhito Yamashita
Award:Otaka Prize (2000)
1997-1998Shin-ichiro IkebeLes Bois Tristes for OrchestraFirst performed:3 September 1998
Venue:Kanazawa Kanko Kaikan, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Award:Otaka Prize (1999)
1996-1997.4Toshiro MayuzumiPassacaglia (unfinished)First performed:31 August 1997
Venue:Kanazawa Kanko Kaikan, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
1995-1996.2Toru Takemitsu(unfinished)
1993-1995Joji YuasaPiano ConcertinoFirst performed:24 September 1994
Venue:Aichi Performing Arts Theatre Concert Hall, Aichi
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Piano:Kaori Kimura
1992-1993Akira NishimuraBirds HeterophonyFirst performed:19 September 1993
Venue:Aichi Performing Arts Theatre Concert Hall, Aichi
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
1991-1992Yuzo ToyamaSymphonic IshikawaFirst performed:24 October 1992
Venue:Kanazawa Kanko Kaikan, Ishikawa
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
1988-1991Maki IshiiFushi (Gestalt des Windes) 2First performed:3 October 1989
Venue:Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Nohkan:Michiko Akao
1988-1991Toshi IchiyanagiChamber Concerto "The Origin" with Solo KotoFirst performed:3 October 1989
Venue:Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles
Conductor:Hiroyuki Iwaki
Koto:Chieko Fukunaga