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Aki Kitajima

Aki Kitajima

Cello

Aki Kitajima, violoncello / Baroque cello

Aki Kitajima was born in Chiba, Japan. She received her bachelor’s degrees at the Toho-Gakuen school of music under Prof. Keiko Matsunami. Additionally, she took private classes under Prof. Ryosuke Hori there. In 2003 she won first prize at the 10th Nippon Best Players competition.

From 2008 until 2013, she studied Violoncello under Prof. Francis Gouton, as well as Contemporary Music under Erik Borgir (Ensemble Ascolata) and Sven Thomas Kiebler (Ensemble SurPlus Freiburg) at Musikhochschule Trossingen in Germany. Furthermore, she took improvisation classes under Harald Kimming and Thomas Wenk-Bärmann.
She also received a scholarship and she was a academy student at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in 2013/14.

In 2014, she received 3rd prize at Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb in the category “Ensemble - New Music”.

From 2015 until 2017, she studied Baroque cello at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt under Prof. Kristin von der Goltz.

She is a regular extra player at both Ensemble Modern and the Ensemble Modern Orchestra and participated in a variety of different festivals for contemporary music, both as a chamber musician and as a soloist, such as International Summer Course for Contemporary music in Darmstadt, Gaudeams Muziekweek in Utrecht, Kurt Weil Fest in Dessau and cresc... Festival in Frankfurt.

Since December 2017 she is based in Japan and working on projects all over the world.

Website: www.akikitajima.com

Phantom Avem for Violoncello and Electronics (2019)

10:08

Phantom Avem for Violoncello and Electronics (2019)

Aki Kitajima

This piece was premiered at the 2019 Vienna festival "Sounds Around Me", a collection of contemporary and experimental music. At the time of the premiere, 48 loudspeakers were used, and electronics containing various sounds (flapping wings, chirping, etc.) represented by astral birds were freely controlled to match the live performance of the cello, diffusing and dissipating the sounds throughout the venue. The cello and electronics reflected each other's songs, and the piece progressed as if they were having a conversation. This was a challenge to create a new form of music, in which electronics were considered as acoustic sculptures with a time axis, and birds with no substance were flown into the venue. This is the first performance in Japan for an audience. (Mukai)

¥500

Phantom Avem for Violoncello and Electronics (2019)

10:08

Phantom Avem for Violoncello and Electronics (2019)

Aki Kitajima

¥550

The baroque cello and modern cello

30:17

The baroque cello and modern cello

Aki Kitajima

Cellist Aki Kitajima, who studied baroque and contemporary music in Germany, has been mainly performing in Japan and Europe. She performs baroque music on the baroque cello and modern and contemporary music on the modern cello. From baroque music, she picked up the J.S.Bach's Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No.3 selection. From contemporary music, there will be a "Virtual Musician's Residence " and a "Virtual Musician's Residence Academy", the second part of the Virtual Musicians Residence project, these were started as a project by composer Yukiko Watanabe under COVID-19 pandemic circumstances and these music was composed by three composers. The purpose of this online project is for young composers’ education. The composers will work together with professional performers to create a new work while interacting and learning from each other for a certain period as a virtual creative residency to create a new work. The final piece will be uploaded on YouTube and shared on SNS from August 1st to September 30th. URL: https://note.com/yukikocomposer/n/n6962438885f3 From modern music, third movement of the Suite for Unaccompanied Cello composed by Gaspar Casado that is popular masterpiece for solo cello. In conversation with Yukiko Watanabe, this ambitious program also includes a comparison of the playing of each cello and the bow in an ambitious program that cuts deep into the appeal of the cello.

¥1,000

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