|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,
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
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"
These orchestral works have been performed
by NHK Symphony Orchestra and many other
outstanding orchestras both in Japan and
In 2004, won the 22nd Nakajima Kenzo Music
Prize for his distinguished achievement in
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.