Haruna Miyake

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Haruna Miyake (三宅 榛名, Miyake Haruna?, born 20 September 1942 in Tokyo) is a Japanese pianist and composer who also uses the name Haruna Shibata. She was born in Tokyo and studied music there, making her debut as a pianist at age 14 playing Mozart with the Tokyo Symphony orchestra. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and afterward worked as a pianist and composer, touring in the United States. She often collaborates with pianist and composer Yuji Takahashi.[1] Her composition Poem for String Orchestra received the Edward Benjamin Award.[2]


Miyake combines Japanese and Western idiom, and often uses traditional Japanese instruments in her compositions. Selected works include:

  • Why Not, My Baby? for soprano, piano and trumpet
  • Shiyoku
  • Piano Concerto
  • Fantasy for Milky Way Railroad
  • Phantom of a Flower[3]


  1. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900. 
  2. ^ "Cristin Wildbolz". Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 11 January 2011.