2017 saw the start of a series of recitals for solo exhibitions of works by composer Motoharu Kawashima, performed by people and groups close to the composer himself. His contemporary from college days, percussionist Yoshiko Kanda, will feature in the second round of recitals in 2018. Recitals will center around the revival — the first in 26 years — and complete-version premiere of his first-year university submission piece, “Kutai” (a work with an interesting history of failure and resubmission). Kanda will also perform two pieces she has collaborated on with Kawashima before, along with new works.
Kawashima attended Tokyo University of the Arts where he completed post-graduate work. In 1992 he won the Akiyoshidai International Composition Prize, and the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt International Summer Course in 1996. He was awarded the Akutagawa Award for Music Composition in 1996, the Nakajima Kenzo Music Prize in 2009 and the Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Prize in 2017. As well as working as program advisor for Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, he is involved in many contemporary music events and commentary projects; in September 2016 he appeared on the popular variety program “Tamori Club” as a commentator for a contemporary music special. He also undertakes conducting, piano, percussion, and vocal work for a variety of performances, mainly of his own works and contemporary pieces. He is a director of The Japan Federation of Composers Inc., an Associate Professor at Kunitachi College of Music, and lecturer at Tokyo College of Music and Shobi University.
Yoshiko Kanda was his contemporary at college, and has been working with Kawashima on music projects for 27 years since then.
Toyosu Civic Center Hall, Koto City, Tokyo