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Composer of the Year

2018-2019Miho Hazama

Miho Hazama

Tokyo born composer Miho Hazama is one of New York’s most astounding young talents. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Miho is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world’s stage. As the 2015 recipient of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize, Miho developed her signature ensemble “m_unit”. Now having 3 full length releases on Universal Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, Miho has written for and expertly showcased the abilities of guest artists such as Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. Her debut album “Journey to Journey” received the Jazz JAPAN rising star award, and she has been featured in such influential publications as Downbeat, New York Times, NPR, JazzTimes among others.

Composition is her true calling, and in addition to her effort with m_unit, she has created works for many different musical contexts. Most notably, she has composed for Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ashley Bouder Project Ballet Company, YAMAHA Symphonic Band, Morgaua String Quartet, to name a few. In 2017, Miho became the Composer in Residence of Siena Wind Orchestra. She is also the Associate Artistic Director of the New York Jazzharmonic. 

Miho also has arranged and orchestrated for many ensembles for concerts, recordings, television and film, including Metropole Orkest, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vince Mendoza, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Shiro Sagisu among many others. As a conductor, she has worked with Danish Radio Big Band, Metropole Orkest Big Band, WDR Big Band and Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, to name a few.

Miho’s awards and honors include the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize (2015), 24th Idemitsu Music Award (2014), ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award (2011), and she was a Scholarship Recipient of the Manhattan School of Music (2010). She has a degree in classical composition from the Kunitachi College of Music and a masters degree in jazz composition from the Manhattan School of Music, and was honored by the Scholarship Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.

“…quickly became a talked-about writer and arranger.” - The New York Times 

“...classy large ensemble that keeps the listener guessing and enchanted...something is always lurking and ready to pounce; then skitter away again.”  - Jazz Times

“At a time when orchestral jazz is either ultra- polished, exceedingly high brow, or a pedestrian pandering to sentimental tastes of yore, Hazama’s boldly organic and singularly exciting collective is a breath of fresh air. Her uncanny ability to remain intellectually stimulating and vibrantly spirited is what makes her work singularly innovative.” - All About Jazz

Photo: Hiroyuki Seo

 

Historic OEK Composer of the Year

2018-2019Miho Hazama(Now Commissioning, world premiere on 25 January 2020)
2017-2018Shin-ichiro IkebeBeyond This Wind for OrchestraFirst performed:8 September 2018
Performance:Hiroyuki Iwaki Memorial Concert
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall
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:4 September 2010
Venue:Toyama Kenmin Kaikan
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