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Kenji SAKAI COMPOSER

BIOGRAPHY

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. As coming premieres, new piece for Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvain Cambreling in December 2014 and Violin Concerto performed by Tatsuki Narita in August 2015.

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.

He currently lives in Berlin.