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One of her talents that has made her such a young successful composer is her uniquely interactive approach to music. She studied composition under Yoshiro Irino. While at the Kinitachi College of Music, she formed the composers' group. Throughout her career she has been consistently interested in collaborating with other artists, and has participated in a wide range of venues and exhibitions in which to present her work. She received The New Artist Prize from the Japan Contemporary Music Association for “Outside-Inside” for two percussionists in 1986. In 1988 she received a grant from Asian cultural Council for studying in New York City. During this year her composition was featured in the drama “Sino-odyssey” at La Mama Theater in New York City.

She was invited to perform her piano solo improvisation series “Slow Farewell” by the Urbane Aboriginale (Germany), the Contemporary Performing Arts Festival at Het Apollohuis (Holland), and the MANCA Festival (France).

Her work has crossed into the visual arts, film, and digital media. In 1991 she was in charge of project development, staging, and composition for the special slide exhibition “Contemporary Women Photographers’ Self-Portraits — Facing the Unknown, That is, Myself” held by the Tokyo Photographic Arts Museum. She composed the soundtrack for “Usuzumi no miyako” (“In Light in Tones”), directed by Isao Yamada for the Image-forum Film Festival. She also composed “Zainichi — Korean in Japan 50 years since the war,” and “Sinzai no Satujin” (“Existence and Murder”) directed by Japanese conceptual monoha-artist Kishio Suga and presented by Yokohama Art Museum.

In 1998 she participated in the experimental film festival Neo Avant-garde Film in a discussion with film directer Jun Kurosawa. Her commissioned works include “Kare to Kare” (“He, and He”) for shakuhachi solo at FM Hall (1993), “Innocent” which premiered at the 1996 Edinburgh Dance Festival, as well as works for the Hong Kong Dance Company.

In 2000, “Tuning with John” was awarded the second prize in the International Composition Competition (marking the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S.Bach).
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