Shin Mizutani – Composer―M.Mus. (Master of Music). He was born in Tokyo in 1991, and he began studying violin at the age of three. After graduating with a bassoon major at the Tokyo University of the Arts High School of Music, he moved to the United States, where he studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music and later studied/researched music composition and electronic music at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music and the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, in the Netherlands. His works are performed at several music festivals/concerts in Japan, the USA, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, China, Thailand, and Brazil.
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 the Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2016, in Germany. And in 2022, his work “A Study of Difference and Repetition (2015-2016)” was selected again as one of the concert programs with receiving the most votes by the jury at the music festival ICE Week 2022 in Germany.
In 2018, he was awarded the 1st special prize in the “Città di Udine” International Composition Competition (Italy). In 2019, he was awarded the 1st special prize in the Solo Instrumental Composition Category of ACADEMIA MUSICA, VIENNA, AUSTRIA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION (Austria), and the 2nd prize in the Orchestral Composition Category. In 2020, he was awarded the 2nd prize in The 4th International Sergei Slonimsky Composition Competition (Russia), and the 1st prize in the Ensemble Composition Category of the International Young Musician Competition the “Città di Barletta” (Italy). He was also nominated for two other categories in the competition. Then, in 2022, he was specially mentioned in the “Andrea Cesaro” Rome Award (Italy). In 2023 he was selected as a finalist in the “Luciano Berio” International Composition Competition (Italy).
Not only in the musical world but his scores and calligraphy are also 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 worked with several world well-known ensembles and musicians, such as Klangforum Wien (Austria), Mivos Quartet (USA), Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), Oerknal Ensemble (the Netherlands), Ensemble Phace (Austria) Ensemble Suono Giallo (Italy), Ensemble Linea (France), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), 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.