MUSICAL INTERPRETATION COURSES 2017

MODERN JAPANESE MUSIC INTERPRETATION AND PERFORMANCE

 APRIL 28th – 30th, 2017

VMU AULA MAGNA (Gimnazijos g. 7, Kaunas, Lithuania)

INTERPRETATION COURSES TOPIC

Modern Japanese Composers Pieces

GENERAL INFO FOR PARTICIPANTS

LECTURER

Conductor, composer, educator –  KO MATSUSHITA (Japan)

PERFORMING VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Kaunas Vocal Ensemble „ACUSTO“ (artistic director Kęstutis Jakeliūnas)

ARRIVAL

Friday, April 28th, 5 pm

DEPARTURE

Sunday, April 30th (after the Courses‘ GALA concert)

TIMETABLE

Friday, April 28th

17.00 – 17.20  – registration of participants

17.20 – 20.30 – sessions

Saturday, April 29th

9.00–12.00 – sessions

16.00–20.00  – sessions

Sunday, April 30 th

13.00 – dress rehearsal

15.00  – GALA CONCERT VMU AULA MAGNA (Gimnazijos g. 7, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Conductor –  KO MATSUSHITA (Japan)

VENUE

Courses: VMU AULA MAGNA (Gimnazijos g. 7, Kaunas, Lithuania)

GALA CONCERT: VMU AULA MAGNA (Gimnazijos g. 7, Kaunas, Lithuania)

COURSES FEES

General Admission – 20 € /Students (higher education) – 10 €

 20 % discount applies to participants with a Lituanian Choir Union Member‘s Certificate

Courses are free of charge to school pupils with school pupil ID card

(All participants will be presented with an official Courses Diploma)

All fees will be collected during participants‘ registration on Friday, April 28th from 17 until 17.20,

At VMU AULA MAGNA (Gimnazijos g. 7, Kaunas, Lithuania)

FINAL DATES

Participants are able to register by APRIL 26th

REGISTRATION FORM  (REQUIRED TO BE SENT IN ADVANCE)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN !!!

ACCOMODATION

Participants are to individually seek accomodation.

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ORGANISERS

Kaunas Vocal Ensemble „ACUSTO“

www.acusto.lt

Kauno Culture Center “Tautos namai”

www.tautosnamai.lt

PARTNERS

Lithuanian National Culture center

www.lnkc.lt

Lithuanian Choir Union

Kaunas Department, Lithuanian Choir Union

www.chorai.lt

 

Lecturer Ko Matsushita – Composer and conductor born and raised in Tokyo. Matsushita graduated at the top of his class from the Kunitachi College of Music, Department of Composition, and went on to study chorus conducting under the late prof. Reményi János, and prof. Erdei Péter in Budapest and Kecskemét (Kodály institute), Hungary.

He is currently the conductor and artistic director of 14 choirs, which are often invited to perform in Japan, Europe, America, Canada, and Asia. They have also achieved excellent showings in the choral circuit and won awards in international competitions.

A prolific composer and arranger, Matsushita’s works are performed around the world. His compositions vary widely, ranging from works based on traditional Japanese music, Masses, motets, to etudes for choirs.

His works are published in Japan by Edition KAWAI, Ongaku no tomo sha Corp., Pana Musica, and overseas by Carus-Verlag Stuttgart (Germany), SULASOL (Finland), Annie Bank Edition (the Netherlands) Porfiri & Horváth Publishers (Germany) and Santa Barbara Music Publishing (USA) among others.

Besides conducting and composing, Matsushita is also an active workshop clinician and lecturer both within and outside Japan. In recent years, he has adjudicated at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging and Arts Presentation (Singapore), the Seghizzi International Choral Competition and Musica Sacra a Roma (Italy), the Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Choir Festival (Hong Kong), the Tolosa International Choral Competition (Spain) , the Florilège Vocal de Tours (France), the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition (Hungary), the Krakow International Choir Compitition (Poland), the Rimini International Choir Competition (Italy), the Busan Choral Festival Composition Competition (South Korea), the Musica Ficta International Competition for Choral Composition (Italy), the Japan International Choral Composition Competition (Japan) and so on.

Most recently, he is leading The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo and was invited to the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as a guest choir and a panelist for Composer’s speak out, as well as serve as a lecturer for reading session in February 2015.

He has been elected to the member of the artistic committee of the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona 2017.

In 2005, he became the first Asian to receive the“Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music” in recognition of his outstanding achievements worldwide in conducting, composing, performance, and education within the field of choral music.

He is currently the Artistic director of the Karuizawa International Choral Festival and Tokyo Choral Alliance KOYUKAI, a board member of the Tokyo Choral Association, as well as a member of the Japan Choral Directors Association, the International Kodály Society, and a representative of the Workshop of the Choral Expression. He is also a member of Japan Composers & Arrangers Association and was guest conductor for Beijing University Mixed Choir (People’s Republic of China).