Yukio Kikuchi

Kikuchi was born in Tokyo in 1964. He attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 1983-91, where he studied composition with Akira Kitamura, Shin Sato, and Teizo Matsumura, and after receiving an MA degree, served on the faculty for four years. Presently he teaches composition on faculty at Kunitachi College of Music, Shobi Gakuen School of Music & Media arts. Kikuchi’s works appeared in public early on. His “Saxophones’ Studies”, which won the Composition Competition for Saxophone '86, and "YOHEN" (for piano and orchestra) that won the “Akutagawa” prize for composition 1993, are critically and popularly acclaimed. His orchestral works have been performed by Tokyo’s major symphonies, including commissions premiered by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, conducted by Hiroyuki Iwaki (1994) and Shin Nihon Philharmonic Orchestra (1995). Most recently he has pursued chamber music and wind orchestral works, tirelessly searching for more original sound.

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