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Kotoka Suzuki: Biography

Kotoka Suzuki
1972 -
Region: Ontario

Kotoka Suzuki

Kotoka Suzuki, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a composer focusing on both multimedia and instrumental practices. She has produced several large multimedia works, including spatial interactive audio-visual work for both concert and installation settings, in collaboration with artists and scholars from other disciplines.

Her work has been featured internationally by performers such as Arditti String Quartet, Continuum, Ensemble Moderne (NEM), and Earplay Ensemble, at numerous festivals such as Tribune Canadienne MusMix, Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art Festival (France), Made In Canada Festival of Canadian Music, Music at the Anthology, Inventionen (Germany), Ultraschall (Germany), Computer Music Days at SCM (Hong Kong), and Pan Music Festival (Korea).

Among the awards she received include 30th Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art Competition Prize-Multimedia (France), DAAD Artist in Resident Berlin (Germany), Robert Fleming Prize from Canada Council for the Arts, George A and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, and Musica Nova International Electroacoustic Music Competition Honor Prize (Czech).

Recently, through a commission by the Penderecki String Quartet, she composed a work for the quartet that utilized computers with real-time audio and video controls as well as dancers and video. This work was realized in collaboration with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her current projects include a work for orchestra and electronics for the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig, Germany (Sinus-Ton Music Festival, Germany).

She received a B.M. degree in composition from Indiana University (1994) and a D.M.A. degree in composition at Stanford University (1999), where she studied with Jonathan Harvey.

August 2011


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