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Composer of the Year

2020-2021Yoichi Sugiyama

Yoichi Sugiyama

Yoichi Sugiyama (born in 1969 in Tokyo) has studied orchestral conducting with Emilio Pomàrico and Morihiro Okabe as well as composition with Franco Donatoni, Sandro Gorli and Akira Miyoshi. 

As a composer, he has received many commissions from Japan and abroad, including the Milano Musica and the Venice Biennale. His major works include “Wall” (2017) for percussionists based on a presidential decree“Beyond the Border” (XXXX) to protest the war in Iraq, “Tree-Nation” for percussion (2008) for the Sahara Tree Planting Project, Fragments, Variations, and Reconstructions from <Like a Bereaved Woman>” based on Banshoi, the Israeli national anthem and an ancient Palestinian song, and “Horse” (XXXX) based on a Tibetan folk song, “The Last Interview from Africa(2013), a quintet dedicated to Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011,  “Two Poems by Du Fu,” (XXXX) for female voice and chamber music; “Scenes from Childhood (XXXX) by Schumann arranged for viola quartet, Steps (XXXX) for Shamisen and Strings based on the melody of the Shamans of the Briar Tribe, and Kuguhi (Swan Song) (XXXX) for 17-stringed String Orchestra based on the 誄歌 poem.  

As a conductor, he has conducted many orchestras, ensembles and operas in Japan and Europe. Major theatrical works in which he has been involved include Prometeo (Nono), Falstaff (Verdi), The Magic Flute (Mozart), Kraanerg (Xenakis), Conversations  with Chomsky (Casale), The Master of Go (Melchiorre), The Raven (Toshio Hosokawa), Time in the Air in Flight (Sahni), The Art and Method of Negotiating Wage Increases with Your Boss” (Montalti), “Stolen Words” (Betta).  

He is also active as an organizer and producer, and has been involved in the concertof Yuji Takahashi’s works I “Kagahi” (December, 2018), II “Hannya Haramita” (October, 2019), the opera “The Provocators” by Yoriaki Matsudaira (December, 2018), the Takemitsu Toru Mini Festival” at the opening of Sakai Performing Arts Center (December 2019), all of which he also acted as a conductor. 

As a composer, he received the 13th Keizo Saji Prize and the 2nd Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Prize. As a conductor, he was awarded the 2018 Art Encouragement Prize for New Talent by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, received the Order of the Knight of Sant’Agata of the Republic of San Marino in 2010 

He has been residing in Milan ever since he obtained a scholarship for composition from the Italian Government in 1995. His CD of Donatoni’s orchestral works including “Prom” and “Esa” which he completed in Donatoni’s last years, performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sugiyama, won the 2015 Amadeus Disc Award.  

He teaches at the Claudio Abbado Conservatory in Milan.

Historic OEK Composer of the Year

2020-2021Yoichi SugiyamaTBAFirst performed:17 March 2022 (planned)
Performance:The 452nd Subscription Concert
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall
Conductor:Kentaro Kawase
2019-2020Kenji SakaiJupiter HallucinationFirst performed:27 February 2021
Performance:The 438th Subscription Concert
Venue:Ishikawa Ongakudo Concert Hall
Conductor:Kentaro Kawase
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