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Michio KITAZUME was born in 1948.

In 1966 he entered Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and studied composition with Tomojiro Ikenouchi, Akio Yashiro, Teizo Matsumura, piano with Shozo Tsubota, conducting with Hideo Saito and Masamitsu Takahashi.

His works include "Water Reincarnation" (commissioned by NHK Electronic Music Studio), "Shadows IV for clarinet solo", "Ren-Ga for clarinet solo", "Side by Side for percussion solo", "Color of the Layers II for piano" and many others for various instruments.

His music have been performed at "Festival d'automne de Paris", "Kuhmo Festival"(Finland), "Music from Japan"(New York), and many other modern music festivals, concerts, and broadcasts.

In '77, joined "Ensemble Vent d'Orient", the collaboration group of players and composers as a composer, conductor and producer and introduced domestic and foreign modern music after Schoenberg. This group won the 1st Nakajima Kenzo Contemporary Music Prize in '83.

From 1979, he studied in Paris for one year under the overseas study program of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Recent orchestral works are "Ei-Sho ('94,Otaka Prize, Grand-Prix of IRC-Unesco (CD : QDisc 7418242, International Rostrum of Composers 1955-1999) , "Color of the Layers‡T"('95), "Ceremony of the Sky and Trees"('97), "From the Beginning of the Sea"('99), "Scenes of the Earth"('01,Otaka Prize), "Clarinet Concerto"('02), "Concerto for Orchestra" ('03).

These orchestral works have been performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra and many other outstanding orchestras both in Japan and abroad.

In 2004, won the 22nd Nakajima Kenzo Music Prize for his distinguished achievement in music composition.

CD: Orchestral Works by Michio Kitazume (Fontec-FOCD2514, FOCD3505) and many others.

He is a director of Japan Society for Contemporary Music, and guest professor of Tokyo College of Music, and emeritus professor of AichiPrefectural University of Fine Arts and Music.

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