Biography (english)

-Short version-

Hiromichi KITAZUME received his M.D. in composition from the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Conservatoire de Paris, and studied computer music composition at IRCAM. His works—being instrumental, orchestral, vocal, electroacoustic, or mixed—are composed using his musical research, mainly inspired by new technologies, and constructed in collaboration with numerous musicians and ensembles. They have been performed in several festivals and numerous concerts worldwide. Kitazume has also been active conducting wide range of repertoire from classical to contemporary work. With a background in teaching, he has instructed composition, music theory and computer music at esteemed institutions such as Tokyo University of the Arts, Toho Gakuen University, Kunitachi College of Music, and Hokkaido University of Education. He regularly organizes concerts and events as the Director of INTEG’Lab.

-Long version-

Hiromichi Kitazume (b.1987 in Tokyo, Japan) studied music composition with Stefano Gervasoni and electroacoustic and mixed music with Luis Naón, Yan Maresz, Tom Mays and Oriol Saladrigues at the Conservatoire de Paris, and follows the Cursus of IRCAM. Previously, he received his Master’s Degree in music composition from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Geidai), where his principal teacher was Ichiro Nodaira. In addition, he studied conducting at Tôhô Gakuen School of Music with Ken Takaseki.

Kitazume has been an active participant of the seminars and master classes worldwide, such as: Takefu International Composition Workshop 2010 (Toshio Hosokawa, Mark Andre, Misato Mochizuki, Hiroyuki Ito); Akiyoshidai’s Summer Contemporary Music Seminar & Festival 2011 (Joji Yuasa, Doina Rotaru), and; Académie de musique française de Kyoto 2012 (Allain Gaussin) and Master classes at the Conservatoire de Paris (Brian Ferneyhough, Franck Bedrossian, Guy Reibel, Ake Parmerud) 2013-16, Chigiana Summer Academy 2015 (Salvatore Sciarrino).

As a composer, Kitazume has worked on commissions that have come from many performing organizations and musicians. His works were also heard in such festivals as National Arts Festival (Japan), Akiyoshidai Summer Music Festival (Japan), Chigiana International Festival (Italy), Journées Nationales de la Musique Electroacoustique (France), Setouchi Triennale (Japan), Manifeste (France) and in numerous concerts in Japan and in Europe.

Kitazume received Keizo Saji Prize from Suntory Foundation (2013) Japan, with the work for Ensemble Muromachi) and Macari Lepeuve Prize from Foundation de France (2015). And he has been an annual recipient of the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (2014-2016), awarded to young artists of proven talent studying abroad, and the Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship (2016-).

As a conductor Kitazume is in great demand especially for the contemporary repertoire. He has conducted numerous pieces for orchestra, brass band, ensemble and choir, more than 30 (until 2013) of which are World Premieres or Japan Premieres.