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Akiko KUWAGATA Harpsichord-Recital “Memory of tomorrow”

  • Organization : Akiko Kuwagata
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single Individual
  • Art Forms : Music


The early musical instrument the harpsichord saw a revival in the 20th century, and many high-quality harpsichords made according to historical methods are produced in Japan. However, contemporary harpsichord works are not abundant, and a lack of interest and understanding in the instrument among Japanese musicians and composers in particular remains a problem. This recital focused on female composers who are still living and working, with the aim of creating a unique program combining new works including the world premiere of commissioned works, as well as famous classic pieces. The hope is that the instrument will appeal to a wide range of audiences and composers of music from early to contemporary, and that it will generate new compositions and listeners. Special mention should be made of the Japan premier of a work by the cutting-edge contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho (the specification for which is to record a live performance, mix it, and play it simultaneously in four-channel surround sound). This recital represented the realization of an acoustic design space with the best engineers and equipment currently possible in Japan.


After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Composition, Kuwagata studied the harpsichord under a scholarship from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service) at Hochschule für Musik Detmold and Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. She returned to Japan in 2000 after performing all over Europe in the 90s while teaching at national and municipal music schools in France. She is currently a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts and a lecturer at The Harmony Hall in Matsumoto City.


MUSICASA, Shibuya City, Tokyo