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BIOGRAPHY

 

 Chatori Shimizu (b. 1990) is a Germany based composer, shō performer, and sound artist, who constructs his works for a wide range of mediums concerning the time identity in sound. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, all of his works "engage in repetitive patterns of sound motifs, which aims for the slightest change in the pattern to act as an accent" (New York Seikatsu), and is described as "a flared infotainment playground" (Mehrlicht Dresden).

 As the First Prize Winner of the 2016 Malta International Composition Competition, Shimizu's works have been performed and exhibited throughout Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States, by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as AuditivVokal, Hidejiro Honjoh, Linea, Multilatérale, Mayumi Miyata, mise-en, Mivos, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sound Factory Orchestra, among others. Shimizu has been awarded fellowships from Columbia University School of the Arts, Institute of Medieval Japanese Studies, the Mitsubishi Foundation, Omi International Arts Center, Soundstreams, Toshiba Foundation, and Yaddo. His music scores are published from United Music & Media Publishing, Belgium.

 As an active researcher in the compositional approaches of the shō, he has conducted numerous lectures and demonstrations regarding the notation and the extended techniques of Japanese instruments in universities worldwide, such as Baruch College, Cornell University, The Graduate Center at CUNY, Manhattan School of Music, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Tamagawa University, among others. 

 

 Shimizu was born in Osaka, Japan, and spent his formative years in Singapore. Upon receiving the Professional Diploma in Piano Performance with High Honors at age twelve, he studied computer music and composition with Shintaro Imai and Motoharu Kawashima at Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, graduating with the Arima Prize. He received his MFA from Columbia University, New York City, where he studied at the Computer Music Center with Brad Garton and Zosha Di Castri. Shimizu currently studies composition with Mark Andre and Franz Martin Olbrisch at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. He serves as Co-Artistic Director of Composers' Collective Tesselat, and is a Mitsubishi Foundation Fellow.

Education

2018-  Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, Dresden, Germany

2016   Columbia University, New York, NY (MFA in Sound Arts)

2014   Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan (BA in Computer Music, summa cum laude)

Awards & Honors

2019   Musicaphoria 2019 Call for Scores (Tangerang, Indonesia)

2019   Ars Electronica Forum Wallis Call for Scores (Leuk, Switzerland)

2018   GRIT Collaborative Call for Scores (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

2018   27th International Review of Composers Call for Scores (Belgrade, Serbia)

2018   Bushwick Open Studio 2018. Call for Sound Arts/Electroacoustic Music (New York City, NY, USA)

2018   Ludgar Hofmann-Engl Call for Scores for Piano Works (Wroclaw, Poland)

2018   Honorific Mention, Allentown Symphony Association Composer Competition (Allentown, PA, USA)

2017   NAT28 Call for Scores Winner (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

2017-2018   Mitsubishi Foundation Fellowship (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

2016   First Prize: 2016 Malta International Composition Competition (fiddle) (Valletta, Malta)

2016   Columbia University School of the Arts Dean's Grant (-shikaku-) (New York, NY, USA)

2015   Toshiba International Foundation Arts & Culture Grant (Co-recipient) (New York, NY, USA)

2015   IMJS Gagaku-­‐Hogaku Mentor/Protégé Initiative Fellowship (Tokyo, Japan)

2015   Columbia University School of the Arts Dean's Grant (play_algorithm.), (New York, NY, USA)

2014   Tokyo to New York Call for Scores Winner (New York, NY, USA)

2014   Audio Visual Synthesis Workshop at Dartmouth Fellowship (Hannover, NH, USA)

2014-2016   Columbia University School of the Arts Scholarship (New York, NY, USA)

2014   Arima Prize, Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo, Japan)

2013   Honorable Mention (umbra), TIAA Composition Competition (Tokyo, Japan)

2012   A-EN Project 2012 Call for Scores Winner (Tokyo, Japan)

2003   High Honors Award, Australian Guild of Music and Speech (Singapore)

Festivals and Residencies

2019   chor.com 2019 (Hannover, Germany)

2019   Visby International Center for Composers (Gotland, Sweden)

2019   Musicaphoria 2019 (Tangerang, Indonesia)

2019   Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium (Bangkok, Thailand)

2019   Etchings Festival 2019 (Auvillar, France)

2019   Dresdener Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2019 (Dresden, Germany)

2018   Hearing China 2018 (Shanghai, China)

2018   Gamelan Composers' Forum at University of London SOAS (London, UK)

2018   Oh My Ears! Festival (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

2018   27th International Review of Composers (Belgrade, Serbia)

2018   Bushwick Open Studios: Electronic Music Week (New York City, NY, USA)

2018   14th Thailand International Composition Festival (Bangkok, Thailand)

2018   Nebula Summer Festival (Greenwood Village, CO, USA)

2018   nief norf Summer Festival 2018 (Knoxville, TN, USA)

2018   Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival (Winnipeg, MN, Canada)

2018   Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival and Symposium (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

2017   OUA-Electronic Music Festival (Osaka, Japan)

2017   Université d'Altitude 2017 (Saint-Martin-Vésubie, France)

2017   Corporation of Yaddo Artist Residency Fellow (Saratoga Springs, NY, USA)

2017   21C Music Festival (Toronto, ON, Canada)

2017   Soundstream Emerging Composers Workshop Fellow (Toronto, ON, Canada)

2017   Ragdale Foundation Residency (Lake Forest, IL, USA)

2017   S.E.M Emerging Composers Workshop (New York, NY, USA)

2016   Electronic Music Midwest Festival (Romeoville, IL, USA)

2016   Music Omi (Columbia County, NY, USA)

2016   ONE MONTH FESTIVAL (Tokyo, Japan)

2016   New Music On the Point Festival (Lake Dunmore, VT, USA)

2015   Gagaku-Hōgaku Mentor/Protégé Summer Initiative (Tokyo, Japan)

2014   Audio Visual Synthesis Workshop (Hannover, NH, USA)

Selected Commissions

2019   Rightist Mushrooms for choir, commissioned by AuditivVokal

2018   Pink Elephant in Prentis for sheng and orchestra, commissioned by Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra

2017   légère fièvre for flute and percussions, commissioned by Nebula Ensemble

2017   Being a Hermit for guitar and chamber orchestra, commissioned by Kenji Haba

2017   Kingyo Obsession for four voices (SATB), commissioned by Soundstreams

2016   economy for bass shamisen and bass clarinet, commissioned by Tokyo to New York Concert Series

2016   Translucent for 8-string guitar; commissioned by Joseph Ehrenpreis

2016   EROSION for shō, hichiriki, and koto, commissioned by Thomas Piercy

2015   boooooooooon for chamber orchestra, electronics, and video, commissioned by ensemble mise-en

2014   Philosophy of the Impossible for percussions and electronics, commissioned by Percussion Duo Echo

2014   Shiki tō Unkai III for shō and percussions, commissioned by A-EN Project

2014   Worlds of No Overlaps for piano, commissioned by Yusuke Satoh

2013   Shiki tō Unkai for sop. saxophone and cello, commissioned by A-EN Project

2012   The Mousetrap, the Cat, and Me for orchestra, comissioned by Kunitachi College of Music Art Festival Orchestra

Artistic Directions

2018   Music Director for FUTURE HOST: A Speech Opera (Beijing/Shanghai, China)

2018   Co-Director for Composers' Collective TESSELAT

2017   Music Consultant for Babette's Feast (New York City, NY, USA)

Selected Conference Presentations

2019   "Composing for Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques", ICTM World Conference 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

2018  "Learning Japanese Traditional Music beyond the Boundaries", ICTM MEA Conference 2018, Seoul, South Korea

2018  "Shō in Compositions Today", nief norf Asia Summit, Knoxville, TN, USA

 

Selected Research & Lectures

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Western Contemporary Music, Otsuma Womens University, Tokyo, Japan

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Life After a Music Degree, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Kawasaki, Japan

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, Conservatoire de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Conference performative de Chatori Shimizu et Iván Solano, Le Conservatoire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, CUNY Baruch College, New York, NY

2019   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

2018   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Western Contemporary Music, Otsuma Womens University, Tokyo, Japan

2018   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, CUNY Baruch College, New York, NY

2018   Visiting Lecturer for Shō in the Context of Contemporary Music: Lachenmann, Manhattan Schol of Music, New York, NY

2018   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

2018   Visiting Lecturer for Merging Boundaries of Genres, Columbia University, New York, NY

2018   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Shō: Notation and Extended Techniques, CUNY Baruch College, New York, NY

2017   Panel Discussion for Hyperobjects, Chronus Arts Center, Shanghai, China

2017   Special Lecturer for Introduction to Multimedia Arts, Xiamen University, China

2017   Visiting Lecturer for Japanese Instruments Used in the Context of Western Music, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Kawasaki, Japan

2017   Visiting Lecturer for Seminar in Asian Music, Shobi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan

2017   Visiting Lecturer for Introduction to Japanese Instruments, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

2017   Visiting Lecturer for Composer Workshop Meeting, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

2016   Visitng Lecturer for De Japón A Puerto Rico, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2016   Visiting Lecturer for Notation for Japanese Instruments, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

2016   Teaching Assistant for Graduate Studio II/Graduate Studio IV, Columbia University, New York, NY

2015   Lecturer for Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai, Inner Fields, New York, NY

2015   Visiting Lecturer for Seminar in Asian Music, Shobi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan

2015   Visiting Lecturer for Gagaku Workshop By Columbia University Students, Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan

2015   Visiting Lecturer for Composition Seminar, Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan

2015   Assistant Coordinator for Gagaku-Hōgaku Mentor/Protégé Summer Initiative, Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, Tokyo, Japan 

2015   Teaching Assistant for Columbia University Sound Arts Workshop, National Institute of Informatics, Karuizawa, Japan [link]

2015   Visiting Lecturer for Study Music Abroad, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Kawasaki, Japan

2015   Visiting Lecturer for Seminar in Asian Music, Shōbi Music College, Tokyo, Japan

2014   Visiting Lecturer for Study Music Abroad, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Kawasaki, Japan

Research Relevant Translations & Interpretations

2018   Translation (Jpn to Eng) for Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

2017   Interpreter (Jpn to Eng) for Hogaku Quartet, Asia Society, New York, NY

2016   Interpreter (Jpn to Eng) for Hidejiro Honjoh (biwa), Columbia University, New York, NY

2016   Interpreter for Ichikawa Ebizo XI Grand Japan Theater, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

2015   Interpreter (Jpn to Eng) for Akiko Sakurai (biwa), Columbia University, New York, NY

2015   Interpreter (Jpn to Eng) for Mayumi Miyata (shō), Hitomi Nakamura (Hichiriki), and Takeshi Sasamoto (ryūteki), Columbia University, New York, NY

2014   Interpreter for Gagaku-Hōgaku Mentor/Protégé Summer Initiative, Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, Tokyo, Japan 

2014   Translation (Jpn to Eng) for "Instrumentation for Shō" (Naoyuki Manabe), Tokyo, Japan

2013   Interpreter (Eng to Jpn) for Mivos Quartet Asia Tour 2013 (Japan), Tokyo, Japan

Portrait Concerts and Solo Exhibitions

2019   CCCP presents Chatori Shimizu, Ithaca, NY

2015   Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai, New York City, NY

2015   Percussion Works for Echo, Tokyo, Japan

2014   Spatiotemporal Composition Works, Tokyo, Japan

 

Interviews, Press & Publications

2019   [Review] Bewegende Bekenntnismusik, Mehrlicht Dresden, Nov. 12, 2019 (German)

2019   [Feature] 作曲家・清水チャートリー, Carillon, Oct. 1 2019 (Japanese)

2019   [Review] 夜限定の科学イベントに行ってきた, Ritz-Germany.Net, June 18, 2019 (Japanese)

2019   [Feature] Aufträge und Erfolge für Kompositionsstudierende, HfM Carl Maria von Weber, April 18, 2019 (German)

2019   [Feature] 手書きの五線譜で世界魅了:作曲家清水チャートリー, 週刊NY生活2019年4月27日号 (Japanese)

2019   [Publication] 外国人が和楽器を学ぶための教習方法に対する考察(共著)/洗足論叢第47号 (Japanese)

2018   [Interview] Experimental Theatre Experience to Debut, China Daily, Sept. 8, 2018 (English)

2018   [Radio Interview] Saturday Light Brigade Radio, January 13, 2018 (English)

2017   [Feature] 和楽器と日本伝統音楽の普及の一施策として/洗足論叢第46号 (Japanese)

2017   [Feature] Othello by Chatori Shimizu /RecordNewYork (English)

2017   [Interview] Au coeur de l'Université d'Altitude : le travail en répétition, MediaPart, July 15th, 2017 (English, French sub)

2017   [Publication] 現代音楽の中の笙, 雅楽だより第49号, 3~4頁 (Japanese)

2016   [Feature] Chatori Shimizu, Not Random Art Issue 03 July/August pg. 64-71 (English)

2016   [Feature] An Artist In Search of Sounds, Arts Culture Beat (English)

2015   [Feature] 米国コロンビア大学で雅楽と邦楽を学ぶ学生代表によるワークショップがありました /玉川の教育 (Japanese)

2015   [Feature] Somewhere Close, Amplitude (English)

2015   [Feature] Shinkaigyo, 60x60 Wave Farm Mix, Wave Farm 90.7-FM (English)

2015   [Feature] -SHIKAKU-, Everyday Listening (English)