Keiko Nosaka

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Keiko Nosaka ( 恵子?, born May 6, 1938 in Tokyo) is a prominent Japanese koto player, specializing in contemporary music. She is known for her work with the 20-string (nijū-gen) and 25-string bass kotos, which she helped to develop. The Japanese composer Akira Ifukube composed for her.

Nosaka joined the Pro Musica Nipponia ensemble in 1965, continuing as an active member for 17 years. She has released several CDs.


  • Wade, Bonnie C. (1994). "Keiko Nosaka and the 20-Stringed Koto: Tradition and Modernization in Japanese Music." In The Musicological Juncture: Essays in Honor of Rulan Chao Pian, ed. Bell Yung and Joseph S. C. Lam (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University), pp. 184–98.

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