Shin Mizutani is a several award-winning composer born in Tokyo, 1991. After his studies of jazz piano at Berklee Collage of Music, he went on to Codarts/Rotterdam Conservatory (Bachelor) and Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Master) in the Netherlands, to study composition and electronic music. His works are performed at several music festivals/concerts in Japan, USA, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, China and Thailand.
His String Quartet “A Study of Difference and Repetition (2015-2016)” was premiered at Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival 2016 in Spain. In the same year, his chamber work “Quintet for Flute, Clarinet in A, Piano, Violin and Violoncello (2016)” was premiered at International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt 2016, in Germany.
In 2018, he was awarded the 1st prize of “Città di Udine” International Composition Competition (Italy) and in 2019, he was awarded the 1st special prize of Solo Instrumental Composition Category of ACADEMIA MUSICA, VIENNA, AUSTRIA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION (Austria), and the 2nd prize of Orchestral Composition Category. In 2020, he was awarded the 2nd prize of The 4th International Sergei Slonimsky Composition Competition (Russia), the 1st prize of Ensemble Composition Category of International Young Musician Competition “Città’ di Barletta” (Italy) and was also nominated for two other categories of the competition.
Not only in the musical world, his scores and calligraphy are acclaimed in several different art fields and exhibited at several museums/exhibitions, such as “Musica con Vista (2016)” in Italy and “Northern Disease Exhibition (2016)” in Japan etc..
He studied composition with Richard Barrett, Brian Ferneyhough, Robin de Raaff, Marc Andre, Stefano Gervasoni, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Milica Djordjević, Philippe Hurel, Daniel d’Adamo, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Panayiotis Kokoras and Rand Steiger, electronic music with Kees Tazelaar and Rene Uijlenhoet, harmony, counterpoint, fugue and general music theory with Rijnhard Bokelmann, Frans de Berg, Theo Verbey, style copy with Arie Boers, music history with Marcel Zijlstra, jazz piano with Francesca Tanksley, music aesthetics and philosophy with Tom Dommisse.
He has been worked with several world well known ensembles and musicians, such as Klangforum Wien (Austria), Mivos Quartet (USA), Oerknal Ensemble (the Netherlands), Ensemble Phace (Austria) Ensemble Suono Giallo (Italy), Ensemble Linea (France), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia) and Wood Quintet Rosier (Japan), Sapporo Kreis Quartet (Japan) and Tacet(i) Ensemble (Thailand) etc..
He is now currently working as an arranger/orchestrator for The Piano Teacher’s National Association of Japan.
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