In December 2015, the number of pieces written for Mizuki Aita reached 100. To showcase that body of work to a wider range of audiences and help contemporary composers develop their new repertoires, Aita will give two separate percussion recitals. The first performance, which centers around solo pieces that composers have written for Aita, will feature works for vibraphone by Atsuhiko Gondai, Momoko Oya, and Masamichi Kinoshita, a new solo snare drum piece that Aita commissioned Tomoko Fukui to create, and follow-up performances of older commissioned pieces. Shifting the focus to modern pieces that capture encounters between traditional Japanese instruments and the world of percussion, the second performance will showcase a commissioned duet for SHO and percussion by Sunao Isaji. The two recitals—one an exploration of solo sounds, the other an ensemble-oriented performance—will give attendees a unique look at the wonders of percussion.
【Mizuki Aita (percussion)】
Born in 1988 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Mizuki Aita obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Musashino Music University, studying percussion and marimba under Sumire Yoshihara and Momoko Kamiya.
In addition to taking second at “Kyo-Gaku IX,” the Japan Society for Contemporary Music’s 2010 performance contest, Aita was also the recipient of the Deagan vibraphone that Michiko Takahashi had used for years throughout her career in 2011. In 2014, he also appeared on NHK-FM’s “Recital Nova” and released “with…,” his first solo album, on ALM Records/Kojima Recordings to critical acclaim: the album not only scored a spot in the Asahi Shimbun’s “for your collection” recommendations but also made an appearance in the Ongaku-no-Tomo magazine’s showcase of new music for December 2014. Aita’s far-ranging musical activity also earned him the “Hisho” (Flight) prize in the music category of the 4th Setagaya Art Awards. As of 2016, composers have written over 100 pieces—including solo performances and concertos—for Aita.
Executive Committee for Mizuki Aita percussion recital 2016
Tokyo Opera City Oumigakudou（Shinjuku City, Tokyo）, SHIBUYA CULTURAL CENTER OWADA（Shibuya City, Tokyo）