Kenichi Nishizawa - Biography & List of compositions

Kenichi Nishizawa - Composer, Pianist

Born in Tokyo in 1978, Kenichi Nishizawa started playing piano at the age of 15, and at the same time he began teaching himself composition. In 1996, he was accepted to the Kunitachi College of Music. However, he left the college after one year. In January 1999, he was awarded both the first prize and the Kodama Prize at the Fifth International Competition of Piano Duo Music Composition. In December of that year, he won the first prize at the Fourth Tokyo International Composition Competition of Chamber Music.

In October 2005, Nishizawa made waves at the 33rd Festival Internacional Cervantino, an annual classical music event. Japan was a special guest at that particular festival as it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Japan-Mexico Cultural Agreement. His Piano Trio No. 2 was introduced by Japanese violinist Yuriko Kuronuma and others as one of the leading pieces of classical music from Japan, putting it in the company of Ikuma Dan’s opera “Yuzuru.” Nishizawa’s piece also garnered high praise from critics.

In August 2013, Nishizawa published his first symphony. In November 2017, he published his first opera “Quicksand” (based on Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s novel). Its libretto was adapted by himself.

Since holding private concerts in Brussels in May and June 2001, the musician has also been active in organizing concerts and performing his own works himself. His broad range of interests have seen him writing essays on music and even taking roles in theatrical plays.

In April 2015, Nishizawa’s first CD was released by Limenmusic Classic & Contemporary Black Line in Italy. The debut features his chamber music pieces, which are performed by the Altus Trio led by Italian Sandro Laffranchini, the principal cellist at l'Orchestra della Scala di Milano.

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Holy Garden ~ Works of Kenichi Nishizawa
Souvenirs ~ Duo Frösche First Concert
Kenichi Nishizawa, Klaidi Sahatci, Sandro Laffranchini & Andrea Rebaudengo

List of compositions by Kenichi Nishizawa


1995~2000

Op. Title Composition, First performance Instrumentation Duration
1 Sonatina for Violin and Piano 1995; Oct 2002 at Kunitachi Vn, Pno 10'
2 Sonia ~ a meditation for piano solo 1996; May 2001 at Brussel Pno 6'
3 Impromptu for Tuba solo 1997; May 2001 at Brussel Tuba 6'
4 Dance - Prelude 1997; Aug 1997 at Mitaka Mar. Pno 20'
5 Piano Trio No.1 1997~98; Dec 1998 at Suita Vn, Vc, Pno 12'
6 Jyuran - Nisyou 1998; Aug 1998 at Fukui Hp, 2Vn, Va,Vc 16'
7 Piano Sonata No.1 1998; May 2001 at Brussel Pno 16'
8 Manner and Substance 1998; Jan 1999 at Kodaira 2Pno 12'
9 Stone Screen I 1998; Jul 1998 at Tokyo Mar 10'
10 Le vent Nouveau I 1998; Dec 1998 at Tachikawa Shinobue, Hp 12'
11 Holy Garden 1999; Sep 1999 at Tachikawa Vn, Pno 9'
12 ...into the dark after a little while 1999; Feb 2007 at Osaka Va, Pno 9'
13 Stone Screen II 1999; Oct 1999 at Kokubunji 4Euph 10'
14 Cello Sonata No.1 1999; May 2001 at Brussel Vc, Pno 32'
15 Stone Screenn III 2000; 2000 at Brussel Ob, Mar, Pno 14'
16 le ciel Bleu 2000; 2000 at Brussel Mar, Pno 8'
17 Trio concertanto 2000; May 2000 at Tokyo Vn, Mar, Pno 25'
18 Piano Trio No.2 2000; Apr 2001 at Tokyo Vn, Vc, Pno 18'

2001~2004

Op. Title Composition, First performance Instrumentation Duration
19 Le vent Nouveau II 2001; Apr 2001 at Tokyo Guit, Pno 8'
20 Der Hagestolz 2001; May 2001 at Brussel Tuba, Pno 7'
21 Duo for Guitar and Cello No.1 2001; Jul 2001 at Kawagoe Guit, Vc 16'
22 Chamber Symphony 2001; Sep 2001 at Sinaloa Cl, Hr, 2Vn, Va, Vc, Pno 28'
23 Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano 2001; Nov 2001 at Kodaira Sax, Pno 15'
24 Semplice 2001; Dec 2001 at Tokyo Sax, Mar 7'
26 Guitar Sonata No.1 2001; Nov 2002 at Tsukuba Guit 20'
27 Trio for Oboe ,Horn and Piano 2002; Feb 2002 at Tokyo Ob, Hr, Pno 25'
28 Piano Sonata No.2 2002; Oct 2003 at Nishinomiya Pno 38'
29 Fantasy ~ Piano Sonata No.3 2002; Oct 2003 at Nishinomiya Pno 12'
30 Divertimento ~ Piano Trio No.3 2002; Dec 2002 at Tokyo Vn, Vc, Pno 40'
31 Sonata for Cello Solo 2002; Oct 2002 at Kobuchizawa Vc 20'
32 A piece for Clarinet and Guitar 2002; Oct 2002 at Tokyo Cl, Guit 9'
33 Guitar Sonata No.2 2003; Nov 2004 at Tokyo Guit 20'
34 Toccata, Adagio and Fuga 2003; May 2003 at Akita 8Hr, Tuba 12'
35 Duo for Guitar and Cello No.2 2003; Jun 2003 at Tokyo Guit, Vc 12'
36 Sonata for Violin Solo 2003; Sep 2003 at Tokyo Vn 28'
37 Three Arabesques 2003; Nov 2004 at Tokyo Guit 13'
38 Suite for Violin and Cello 2003; Oct 2003 at Kobuchizawa Vn, Vc 23'
39 Three Inventions 2003; Aug 2003 at Tokyo 3Sax(3Fl) 5'
40 Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano 2003 Sax, Pno 23'
41 Suite for Guitar and Harpsichord 2004 Guit, Cem 20'
42 Four Haikus by Ri-ichi Yokomitsu 2004; 2004 at Madrid Fl, Guit 10'
43 Hommage to Manuel Ponce ~ Guitar Sonata No.3 2004; Nov 2004 at Tokyo Guit 23'
44 Fantasy pieces 2004; Sep 2005 at Tokyo Pno 18'
45 Tempo di Menuett 2004; Nov 2004 at Tokyo 3Guit 5'
46 Little suite for Guitar Ensemble 2004; Oct 2004 at Tokyo Guit Ensemble(2Alt, Prime, Bass, Contrabass, Guitaron) 10'
47 Piano Sonata No.4 2004; Sep 2005 at Tokyo Pno 25'
49 14 Etudes and Passacaglia 2004 Sax 30'

2005~2008

Op. Title Composition, First performance Instrumentation Duration
48 Serenade No.1 2005 Guit 25'
50 Brass Quintet 2005; Jun 2005 at Tokyo 2Tp, Hr, Tb, Tuba 16'
51 Not a Musical Joke in F major 2005; May 2005 at Tokyo 2Hr, 2Vn, Va,"Basso" 30'
52 Serenade No.2 2005 Guit 30'
53 Saxophone Quartet 2005; Sep 2005 at Tokyo 4Sax(Sop, Alt, Ten, Bar) 27'
54 5 Pieces for Guitar 2005 Guit 12'
56 Silent Night ~ Variations in the manner of Tango and Theme 2005; Dec 2005 at Tokyo Vn, Cb, Pno 6'
57 Spring, in a Surrey 2006; Nov 2012 at Tokyo Vocal(Mez. or Bar) Pno 30'
58 Three Romances 2006 Vn, Pno 12'
59 Suite for 2 Bassoons 2006 2Fg 15'
60 Christmas Quintet 2006 2Tp, Hr, Tb,Tuba 20'
61-1 String Quartet No.1 2007; Feb 2008 at Tokyo 2Vn, Va, Vc 25'
61-2 String Quartet No.2 2007; Feb 2008 at Tokyo 2Vn, Va, Vc 30'
61-3 String Quartet No.3 2007; Feb 2008 at Tokyo 2Vn, Va, Vc 30'
62 Three Songs without Word 2007; 2007 at Spain Acc, Guit 10'
63 Symphonic Sonata for Piano 4 Hands 2007; Mar 2008 at Saitama Pno(4hands) 35'
64 Sonata for Flute, Oboe and Harp 2007; Nov 2011 at Chigasaki Fl, Ob, Hp 20'
65 Three Pieces for Piano 4 Hands 2007; Mar 2008 at Saitama Pno(4hands) 10'
66 Little Concert Sonata for Double Cello Sextet 2008; Feb 2008 at Sendai 12Vc 11'
67 Introduction and Allegro 2008; Dec 2008 at Chiba 8Sax(2Sop, 2Alt, 2Ten, 2Bar) 5'
68 Serenade for String Orchestra 2008; Jan 2009 at Tokyo Strings 26'

2009~2012

Op. Title Composition, First performance Instrumentation Duration
69 Cello Sonata No.2 2009~10; Mar 2012 at Tokyo Vc, Pno 23'
70 Four Little Melodies 2009; Nov 2010 at Tokyo Vn, Pno 10'
71 A Costal Sketch for Orchestra 2010; Apr 2010 at Chigasaki Orch 10'
72 Little Concert Rondo 2010; Oct 2010 at Tokyo Vn, Guit 8'
73 Passacaglia 2010; Nov 2011 at Tokyo Pno 10'
74 Simple March 2010 Wind Orchestra 3'
55 Les Cloches ~ Variations on a theme of Honegger 2005/2011; Jan 2012 at Tokyo 2Mar 7'
75 Theme and Variations 2012; Nov 2012 at Tokyo Pno 18'
76 NOTO I&II 2012 2Tp, Hr, Tb, Tuba 10'
77 Festival Fanfare 2012; Sep 2012 at Tokyo Orch 3'
78 Concertino for Mandolin and Stiong Trio 2012; Nov 2013 at Kyoto Mand, Vn, Va, Vc 18'
79 A Camelia Sasanqua 2012; Nov 2012 at Tokyo Vocal, Pno 3'

2013~2016

Op. Title Composition, First performance Instrumentation Duration
80 The epoch of the students 2013; Apr 2013 at Tokyo Ob, Cl, Hr, Fg, Pno 13'
81 Three Dresses for little pianist 2013; Dec 2015 at Tokyo Pno 7'
82 Clarinet Sonata 2013; Dec 2013 at Tokyo Cl, Pno 20'
83 Symphony No.1 2013; Aug 2013 at Tokyo Orch 25'
84 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 2014 Solo Vn, Solo Hp, Orch 23'
85 The Summer Prelude 2014; May 2014 at Sendai 2Pno(8hands) 10'
86 Variations on the Hymn "Veni Veni Emmanuel" 2014; 2015 at Nagoya Pno 12'
87 Suicides 2014; Dec 2014 at Tokyo Vocal, Pno 12'
88 Trumpet Sonata 2014; Oct 2014 at Tokyo Tp, Pno 12'
89 Fantasia on a Theme by Toraji Onaka 2014; Mar 2015 at Nagoya Orch 8'
90 Cantate Domino Canticum Novum 2015 Chor(SATB), Pno 20'
91 Three Songs after Tamiki Hara 2015; Sep 2015 at Tokyo Vocal, Pno 12'
92 Four Songs after Chuya Nakahara 2015; Mar 2015 at Shunan Vocal, Pno 12'
93 La oscuridad (The Darkness) 2015; May 2015 at Tokyo Bandoneon, Vn, Cb, Pno 5'
94 Oboe Sonata 2015; Sep 2015 at Tokyo Ob, Pno 12'
95 Jingle Bell for a man who could not get a girlfriend also this year 2015; Dec 2015 at Tokyo Bandoneon, Pno 5'
Burgmüller Death Match! 2015; Dec 2016 at Tokyo Pno 15'
96 Little Sonata for Recorder and Piano 2015; May 2016 at Tokyo Rec, Pno 7'
97 Three Fragments after Ango Sakaguchi 2016; Apr 2016 at Gosen Vocal, Pno 10'
Hibari Misora - song cycle 2016; Jun 2016 at Tokyo Vocal, Pno 30'
98 Little Sonata for Violin, Koto and Piano 2016; Jun 2017 at Chiba Vn, Koto, Pno 8'
99 Kikimimi Zukin - Operetta for Children 2016; 2017 Ten, Alt, Sop, Mez, Bar, Pno 15'

2017~

Op. Title Composition, First performance Instrumentation Duration
100 Quicksand(Manji) - Opera in 3 acts 2017; Nov 2017 at Tokyo Mitsuko(Mez),
Sonoko(Sop),
Kotaro(Ten),
Watanuki(Bar),
Fl, Ob, Cl, Hr, 2Vn, Va, Vc, Pno
100'
Shoka Accompaniments 2017; Mar 2017 at Shunan Vocal, Pno 15'
101 Little Gavotte 2017 Hp 4'
102 Aubade 2017; Jan 2018 at Akiruno Oboe d'amore(or Eng.hr, or Fg), Pno 5'
103 Bassoon Sonata 2018; Mar 2019 at Z&uumul;rich Fg, Pno 12'
104 Festival Sonata for 2 Pianos 2018; Aug 2019 at Sendai 2Pno(4hands) 12'
105 Diary of a Mad Old Man - Opera buffa in 2 acts 2018; Dec 2018 at Tokyo Tokusuke(Bar),
Satsuko(Mez),
Sasaki(Sop),
Haruhisa(Ten),
Chiyo(Sop),
Keisuke(Boy Sop),
Jokichi(Actor),
Kugako(Actress),
Ob, Fg, Vn, Va, Vc, Perc, Pno
80'
Six Traditional Japanese Children's songs 2018; Feb 2019 at Chofu Vocal, Vn, Pno 12'
106 Land of Heart's Desire 2019 Vocal, Pno 15'
107 Little Sonata for Violin Solo 2019; Jul 2019 at Yokohama Vn 10'

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