Misato Mochizuki


Born in Tokyo in 1969, Misato Mochizuki has obtained a Masters degree in composition at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo in 1992. She then moved to Paris and obtained a First prize for composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in 1995 in the class of Paul Méfano and Emmanuel Nunes. She then integrated the ??Composition and Computer Music? program at IRCAM in 1996 and 1997 under the direction of Tristan Murail.

The works of Misato Mochizuki have obtained numerous international awards and distinctions. Among them: Fellowship award for the Darmstadt Summer Courses in 1998 for ??Si bleu, si calme?; Nomination by UNESCO, and recommended works of the International Tribune of Composers in 1999 for ??La chambre claire?; Akutagawa Award for best orchestral work from young composers in 2000 for ??Camera lucida?; Audience Award from the Brussels Festival Ars Musica in 2002 for ??Chimera?; Japanese Government Award along with the Idemitsu Award for New Artistic Talent in 2003; Otaka Award for best symphonic work in 2005 for ??Cloud nine?.

As an original mixture of Western tradition and Asian breath, the music of Misato Mochizuki develops seductive rhythms and astonishing sound colors with a bright freedom in form and style. More than 30 pieces are published today in her catalogue at Breitkopf & Härtel, including 7 symphonic works and 10 ensemble pieces.

Selected works by Misato Mochizuki:
“The future is what the present can bear.”
--Robert Fripp