About

Ushijima2

Akiko Ushijima
Though trained as a composer, Akiko’s artistic interest is in expanding the boundaries of music: her recent works are experiments in integrating visual and performative elements with music.After obtaining her first master’s degree from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, she has completed the master’s program in composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.She has studied composition under Peter Adriaansz, Yannis Kyriakides, Gilius van Bergeijk and Guus Janssen.
Her works have won distinctions at, among other places, the ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) 2013, The JFC (Japan Federation of Composers) Composers Awards 2011, and the Internal Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011.
Her pieces have been performed in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, Australia and Japan, by such artists as Gerard Bouwhuis , Susanna Borsch, Bang on a Can ensemble and Asko Schoenberg ensemble. Now she is lecturer of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan, Nagoya University of the Arts.
Founder of the Association of the contemporary music theater.

Education
2003 Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. B.A. in Composition
2005 Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. M.A. in Composition
2011 Royal Conservatoire B.A. in Composition
2013 Royal Conservatoire M.A. in Composition

Award & Grant
2006 AAC sound performance contest (selected as a member of Time travellers ensemble)
2011 Japan Federation of Composers Competition (selected)
2011 Excellence Composition Competition (Expert Level Finalist)
2011 Nomura Foundation
2013 ICMC 2013 (selected)
2013 Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL
2014 ICMC 2014 (selected)
2014 MUSICA NOVA 2014 (finalist)
2015 CCMC 2016 (selected)

Mail
aushijima1108@gmail.com

Main Activity

– 2016年 –
2th April “glare luminance” (Bass Clarinet) was premiered in Nagoya, Japan
6th March electronics piece “Souvenir” was performed in Tokyo, Iidabashi (ccmc 2016)
21th February “floating vapor -浮遊球体- ” (Alto Saxophone)was performed in Hiroshima, Japan
8th January “Instan’stillation” Abdijconcerten, Aduard, NL

– 2015-

29 November new electronics piece “Souvenir” performed in Osaka, Japan
10 October “Distorting Melody” was performed in Moscow, Russia
25 September new piece “Hyper Days” for Broodje (vocal, toy piano, electronics), Tokyo
28,29 August “wald” Video Sound Installation / Performance
Direction, Video Images:FUSHIKI Kei, Sound Composition:USHIJIMA Akiko,
Former Parts Center of Rinnai Corporation, Nagoya, JP
25 July “floating vapor” for alto saxophone was performed by Kazuya Kato, lecture meeting of architect,Tadao Ando, Hiroshima,JP
12 June “floating vapor” for alto saxophone was premiered by Kazuya Kato, gallery G, Hiroshima, JP
10 April “Sothern Point” for Branden Faegre Edge Ensemble, Korzo theater, Den Haag, NL
28 March “Sothern Point” for Branden Faegre Edge Ensemble, Gaudeamus Sessies concert, Utrecht NL
1 March “Tactual Sensation-flush-” for Bass Clarinet and Myme, Rencon Art Project, Aichi, Japan
28 January “Instan’stillation” was broadcast over the Dutch radio; concertzender, NL
26 January “Mare Serenitatis” Focus! 2015 | Nippon Gendai Ongaku: Japanese Music Since 1945″ New York, US

– 2014-

14 December “Sothern Point” for Branden Faegre Edge Ensemble, Gaudeamus Sessies concert, Utrecht NL
22 November “Sothern Point” for Branden Faegre Edge Ensemble, Ostadetheater, Amsterdam NL
8 November “Instan’stillation” November Music Festival, Den Borsch, NL
31 October “Instan’stillation” Birmingham, UK
15 September “Instan’stillation” ICMC 2014, Athene, Greece
26 August Lecture about my composition at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi Japan
22 July Lecture about my composition, Center of Meito-ku, Aichi Japan
18 April “Distorting Melody” by Bang on a Can, New York, The United States
29 March The premiere of “The Day of Parallel” for viola, piano, electronics and video, and “Instan’stillation” in Ogen/blik concert, The Hague, Netherland
5 March “Instan’stillation” for contrabass recorder and electronics by Susanna Borsch, Amsterdam, Netherlands

– 2013-

15 August “Cosmonica” ICMC, Acousmatic concert, Perth, Australia
23 July “Distorting Melody” New York, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA
Bang on a can Summer Festival
15 June “flash” for violin solo version The Hague, Villa Kabilla, InnerEyes concert
3 June “Cosmonica” and “flash” for violin solo version The Hague, Nutshuis in InnerEyes concert
24 April “flash” for violin viola electronics and lighting The Hague, Royal Conservatoire
15 January Electronics piece “Cosmonica” The Hague, CASS concert, Royal Conservatoire

– 2012-

15 December Electronics piece “Cosmonica” The Hague, HAGUESTOCK “THE MUSEUM”
3 December Electronics piece “Cosmonica” The Hague, Nutshuis
23 June “TEBASAKI” for marimba and piano Tokyo, Japan
17 June “Distorting Melody” by Bang on A Can ensemble New York, World financial center
04 June “Where The Giraffe Is -Drawing Music- ” for percussion solo The Hague, Nutshuis
08 June “Where The Giraffe Is -Drawing Music- ” The Hague, ZB
21 May  “Swelling Darkness” theater piece for two performer and electronics
by Nora Fisher, Karin van der Veen and Yota Morimoto The Hague, Korzo theater
20 April “High Time High Tide” for Asko Schonberg Ensemble Rotterdam,
World Music and Dance Centre
21 April “High Time High Tide” Amsterdam, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
22 April “High Time High Tide” The Hague, Korzo theater
6 Febrary “TEBASAKI” by Dotten Hakubutsukan Tokyo, Japan

-2011-

11 November  “S.S.S. -Phantom Music” for 2 violin, 2 Viola and 4 percussionist
Tokyo, Japan  Toppan Hall
October “Modelo” by Ensemble Modelo The Hague, Royal Conservatoire
12 April  “Mare Serenitatis” by Gerard Bouwhuis The Hague,  Royal Conservatoire
12 April  “Color Cycling” by Ensemble Klang The Hague, Loos Studio

-2010-
Moved to the Netherlands

26 June “Adagio” Leiden, Rhijnhof Cemetry for ceremony of 100th aniversary
20 June “Uninterrupted Rests Again” for 3 melodica by Makoto Nomura, Yusuke Kataoka, Toshihiro Watanabe Tokyo, Japan
13 April “Distorting Melody” for Bang on A Can All Stars The Hague, Korzo theater
12 April “Distorting Melody” for Bang on A Can All Stars The Hague, Korzo theater
11 Febrary “Sanctuary” for strings quartet Tokyo
4 Febrary “R E I ” for hammond organ, e.guitar, d.bass, 2 percussionist
The Hague, Royal Conservatoire

-Old- 2009 –

3. 2009 Melodica Summit in Japan 2 days Nagoya and Hamamatsu, Japan
“Uninterrupted Rests Again” for 3 melodica
11. 2008 “Urara-Art-Bleeding Edge” vol.3 Nagoya, Japan
“White Music” for string quartet and piano
8. 2008 Time Traveller Ensemble Workshop Japan
4. 2008 “Urara-Art-Bleeding Edge” vol.3 Nagoya, Japan
“Sanctuary” for string quartet, “Madono sotono Yoru ” for 5 melodica
3. 2008 “Repetition Side Step” and “Sorani Music” for 3 percussionist (Dotten Hakubutsukan) Tokyo, Japan
12. 2007 Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig , Germany
“Holiday of Dr.Signe” for 4 hands piano
10. 2007 “Urara-Art-Bleeding Edge” vol.1 Nagoya, Japan
“Holiday of Dr.Signe” for 4 hands piano, “TEBASAKI” for Marimba and Piano
7. 2007 Time Traveller Ensemble , Tokyo Summer Festival, Arion foundation
3. 2007 “TEBASAKI” for 2 marimba and “Niji no Moto” for 3 percussionist (Dotten Hakubutsukan) Tokyo, Japan
9. 2006 Time Traveller Ensemble , AAC sound performance contest
6. 2006 Gihu University “Madono sotono Yoru ” for 3 melodica
3. 2006 Artcircus-Zoorasia “Organ Soup 2” for strings quartet with Makoto Nomura
Yokohama Japan Minatomirai hall

-2005-
Graduated Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
“Sketch of Tornado” for orchestra
Soundtrack for Video work of Yuji Shiota
Soundtrack for Video work of Ayu Yoshikawa
Soundtrack for Video work of Kotomi Watanabe
Soundtrack for Video work of Miho Emori
Formed Time Traveller Ensemble


She took up the piano,
when she was 5 years old,
has started composing
when she was 7 years old.