Yumi Kurosawa

13 & 20-strings Koto player / Composer / Improviser / Computer Sound

1Kurosawa was born and raised in Japan, and began studying the 13-stringed-Koto at the age of three with her parents, Kazuo and Chikako Kurosawa. At the age of 15, she began studying the 20-stringed-Koto with Nanae Yoshimura.
Kurosawa received first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. In addition to the Koto, Ms. Kurosawa also studied computer music while attending Keio University. Her extensive performances in Japan, including appearances at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and on NHK Broadcast TV, Kurosawa has toured in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, and the US.

Since her arrival to New York City in 2002, Kurosawa has worked within the traditional Japanese and contemporary classical music genre but also collaborates with a range of artists including a multitude of musicians, dancers and visual designers. The innovative approach in her original compositions is without boundaries, seamlessly blending her traditional training with elements of modern Jazz and electronica.

Kurosawa made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 at Weill Recital Hall. In 2011 she was principal soloist in Daron Hagen's Koto Concerto Genji, which premiered in New York City, US and in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK with Orchestra of the Swan. In 2013, Kurosawa was principal soloist for the premier of The Memory Stone at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2014, she performed Koto Concerto Genji with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, conductor Naoto Otomo. In 2015 premiered Ballet: Tsuru commissioned by Houston Ballet and Asia Society Texas as a soloist and composer, collaborated with world top Hip Hop dancer Les Twins at the world heritage Kiyomizudera, performed at World Economic Forum in Dalian, China and a soloist for Koto&Shakuhachi Concerto FUGAKU by Takashi Yoshimatsu at Suntory Hall Opening Gala with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conductor Sachio Fujioka, also two of her original songs were selected for TV commercials of Jakuchu Ito and Magritte Exhibition in Japan sponsored by Yomiuri TV station. She continues to perform in local New York City venues such as Joe’s Pub, the Highline Ballroom, the Blue Note and other concert halls.

Korusawa has been lauded by the NY Times for her graceful musicianship,“drawing on a timbral palette that [ranges] from warm and rounded to bright and metallic.” She also has received praise in the Washington Post and so on.
She holds a BA in International Relations at Keio University, Tokyo.

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