Composer in Residence

Composer in Residence

Photo: Keïta Nakagawa

SAKATA Naoki

Born in Kyoto, 1981, SAKATA Naoki begun the piano at the age of three. The practice of the electric guitar during his youth opens his curiosity towards different music style, then he oriented progressively to the composition.
In 2003 he entered the Aichi University of the Arts where he obtained the diploma at the top of the composition class. He has been living in France since 2007, studied successively at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (the superior diploma as the top of the class of Edith Lejet), then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) at the class of Stefano Gervasoni in 2008. He obtained the diploma in 2013, and next, he followed the cursus I at the IRCAM.
He received numerous prizes and rewards such as the 28th Akutagawa Composition Award (2018), the 66th Otaka Prize (2018), 1st prize in the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (2017), the 36th Irino Prize (2015), the prize of Sacem (2008), the prize of Kuwabara (2006), the finaliste in the Japan Music Competition, and the Takefu Composition Prize (2011), he was supported by the scholarships of the Sacem (2007) and the Rohm Music Foundation (2010 – 2011).
His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and programed in prestigious festivals and projects such as the Takefu International Music Festival as invited composer, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Suntory Summer Festival by Suntory Foundation, Music Tomorrow by NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, World Saxophone Congress, Composium by Tokyo Opera City Cultural Fondation, Vienna International SaxFest. Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the International Music Festival of Rima, Festival Toulouse Les Orgues and Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont.He received diverse commandes by eminent organizations and musiciens such as french ministry of culture, France Musique, Suntory Fondation, Takefu International Music Festival, Ensemble Nomad, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, HONJOH Hidejiro, NAKAGAWA Hidetaka, Jeroen Berwaerts, NISHIMOTO Jun, HONDO Makoto, OISHI Masanori among others.
His works are performed by prestigious orchestras such as NHK symphony orchestra, Tokyo, Tokyo philharmonic orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne, ensembles such as 2E2M, Alternance, Linea, Multilatérale, Nomad, Sillages, Quatuor Diotima, Quatuor Macrocosmos, Les Cris de Paris and Tokyo Sinfonietta, conductors such as Alexandre Bloch, Geoffroy Jourdain, Kah Chun Wong, ABE Kanako, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Pierre Roullier, Stefan Asbury, Tito Ceccherini, and SUGIYAMA Yoichi. musiciens such as Fanny Vicens, NAKAGAWA Hidetaka, Jeroen Berwaerts, NISHIMOTO Jun, OISHI Masanori, HONDO Makoto, KUMOI Masato, Raphaël Pidoux and ARIMA Sumihisa.
He takes the position of the composer in residence at the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in the season 2020 – 2022.
He gives also regularly masterclasses as invited professor at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris, the Tokyo University of the Arts, the Aichi University of the Arts, the Kyoto City University of Arts, the Toho Gakuen College Music Department, the Osaka Music College, the Kunitachi College of Music, the Soai University.
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