Mine Kawakami

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Mine Kawakami
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Born (1969-09-07)September 7, 1969
 Japan Aichi prefecture
Occupation pianist, composer

Mine Kawakami (born September 7, 1969) is a Japanese pianist and composer.

Biography[edit]

Mine Kawakami[1] was born in the town of Nagakute, Japan in 1969. She started playing piano at age 3. She is entitled in music by High School Aichi Prefectural Meiwa and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and the Madrid Royal Conservatory. As a classical musician, she has performed on the five continents, organized by foundations such as YAMAHA, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan Foundation, SEEI, Embassy of Spain in Japan or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. She has the awards of Radio Nagoya (1986) and the Munich Conservatory Competition (1990).

However, her formation in cultured tradition has been gradually approaching, without setting any barriers, different styles and aesthetics. These include traditional Japanese music, reflections from impressionism and neoclassicism, Latin jazz and Cuban rhythms. In 1996, she began her career as a composer.

Past projects include the two-piano concert with Chucho Valdés in Teatro Amadeo Roldan in Havana, Cuba (2004). In 2005, Kawakami was the pianist and official composer of the International Expo 2005 in Aichi (Japan), in 2008 she performed "Los Conciertos del Sueño" in Spain, an experimental proposal born in Japan, which approached and emphasized concepts of musical therapy. In 2013, Mine Kawakami was commissioned to compose the Sonata samurai[2] in cultural events organized to commemorate the "Dual Year Spain - Japan", premiering this composition on June 11 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Spain and the Prince of Japan, Naruhito. In March 11, 2014 played inside the Mosque of Córdoba a unique concert that gathered more than 1,400 people.

In the words of Mine "The piano can express infinite number of possible sounds, rhythms and tones. I want my compositions and my playing forward so you might be touching the trees in the jungle, the sound of the wind or the voice of the earth."[3]

Discography[edit]

  • In LatinAmerica (2004)
  • In The Forest (2006)
  • Kaori (2010)
  • O meu caminho (2011)
  • El piano durmiente (2012)
  • Sonata samurái (2013)[4]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Morizo to Kikoro (2005). 4 chapters.
  • Kamataki (2006). Film directed by Claude Gagnon. Theme: "Como si fuera una cancion" (original of Victor Fonseca, musical arrangement & piano by Mine Kawakami)
  • Neko no shippo Kaeru note (2010). 3 chapters.
  • El jardín de las cuatro estaciones (2013). Film based on the life of Venetia Stanley-Smith.
  • Anime time of adult women (2013). 4 chapters.

Concerts[edit]

Town Venue Date Comments
Cambados, Spain Auditorio da Xuventude 31/08/2014
Santiago de Compostela, Spain Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela 28/08/2014
Riveira, Spain Parish Church 25/07/2014 Caritas España concert
Madrid, España Teatro Real 15/07/2014 Closing ceremony Año Dual España Japón https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tOZPRyVVxY
Vigo, España Teatro García Barbón 16/03/2014
Vilagarcía de Arousa, España Salón García 15/03/2014
Pontevedra, España Fundación Caixa Nova 14/03/2014
Córdoba, España Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba 11/03/2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cAc2I-1bMQ
Tokyo, Japan Hotel New Otani 06/02/2014
Madrid, Spain Fundación Canal 04/01/2014
Rivas Vaciamadrid, Spain Pilar Bardem 08/12/2013
Kyoto, Japan Yearly concert at Kiyomizu-dera 2005-2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Acl3C5kOw
Valladolid, Spain Carpa del Milenio 12/09/2013
Santiago de Compostela, Spain Cathedral 17/06/2013 With Carlos Núñez.
Madrid, Spain Teatro Real de Madrid 11/06/2013 Opening Gala "Año Dual Spain Japón". In presence of Spanish and Japanese princes.http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/los-conciertos-de-la-2/conciertos-2-concierto-400-aniversario-relaciones-espana-japon/2061191/
Kyoto, Japan Kyoto Concert Hall 14/12/2012 Christmass concert
Bilbao, Spain BBK 25/11/2012 DIA INTERNACIONAL DE LUCHA CONTRA LA VIOLENCIA DE GÉNERO
Logroño, Spain Rioja Forum 05/11/2012
Lanzarote,Spain La Cueva de los Verdes 30/04/2012
Ishinomaki, Japan Music High School 11/03/2012 in the TV program commemorating " One year after the tsunami" broadcast by NHK.
Huelva, Spain Las Cocheras del Puerto 01/03/2012
San Sebastián de los Reyes, Spain Adolfo Marsillach 11/02/2012
Leon, Spain Auditorium 15/11/2011
Colmenarejo, Spain Centro Cultural 22/10/2011
Valladolid, Spain Cúpula del Milenio 20/10/2011
Salamanca, Spain Palacio de Congresos 15/10/2011
Barcelona, Spain L'Audirori 01/10/2011
Madrid, Spain Fernando Fernán Gómez 06/05/2011 May 6 and 7.
Onjuku, Japan Culture House 07/11/2010
Tokyo, Japan FIAT SPACE 26/10/2010
Madrid, Spain Fernando Fernán Gómez 15/10/2010
Lugo, Spain Plaza de Santa María 05/09/2010
Santiago de Compostela, Spain Parque Bonaval 24/08/2010
Orense, Spain Plaza de la Magdalena 11/08/2010
Pontevedra, Spain Plaza del Teucro 10/08/2010
CAUDETE, Spain Centro de Cultura 25/04/2010
DAIMIEL, Spain Centro de cultura 06/02/2010
Madrid, Spain Teatro Lara 29/07/2009
Córdoba, Spain La Magdalena 23/04/2009
Consuegra, Spain Centro de Cultura 17/04/2009
Fuentealbilla, Spain Centro de Cultura 11/04/2009
Pioz, Spain Centro de Cultura 04/03/2009
Nerpio, Spain Centro de Cultura 14/02/2009
Cuenca, Spain Auditorium 06/02/2009
Azuqueca de Henares, Spain Centro de Cultura 24/01/2009
Lima, Peru Teatro Peruano Japonés 05/02/2008
Cazorla, Spain Hotel Sierra de Cazorla 27/12/2007 "Los conciertos del Sueño"
Bilbao, Spain Barakaldo Antzokia 02/11/2007
Almedinilla, Spain Villa Romana 18/09/2007 "Los conciertos del Sueño"
Gijón, Spain Revillagigedo 06/09/2007
Barcelona, Spain Auditori FAD 19/06/2007 "Los conciertos del Sueño"
Madrid, Spain Fernando Fernán Gómez 02/04/2007 April 2 and 3.
Madrid, Spain Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid 09/03/2007 "Los conciertos del Sueño"
Valencia Palau de la Música 23/02/2007
Gosen, Niigata Prefecture, Japan Town Hall 2007
Málaga, Spain 2007
Salamanca, Spain Hospedería de Fonseca 09/11/2006
Alalapardo, Spain Auditorio 09/06/2006
La Habana, Cuba Cuba Disco 2005 25/05/2005
Fidji Islands Lahaina Jodo Mission 03/04/2005
La Habana, Cuba Teatro Amadeo Roldán 15/10/2004 Two piano concert with Chucho Valdés
Buenos Aires, Argentina Teatro Margarita Xirgu 07/10/2004 With Néstor Marconi.
São Paulo, Brasil Concertos no Mercado 25/09/2004
Camagüey Club Minerva 14/07/2004
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia AECI 23/08/2003
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia Cine Bellavista 31/01/2003
Kyoto, Japan Vivo Spot Rag 2007 With Jin Oki and Ogimi.
Tokyo, Japan Roppongi STB 2007 With Jin Oki and Ogimi.
Aichi, Japan Pabellón de Cuba en la Expo de Aichi 27/06/2005
Niigata, Japan 2007 With Noriko Kawamura (violin) and Fumio (contrabass)
Bogotá, Colombia Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán 16/02/2008
Cali, Colombia Teatro Municipal 22/02/2008
Logroño, Spain Open air 24/07/2010
Alalpardo, Spain Sala Ala Artis 07/03/2009 "Los conciertos del Sueño"
Almedinilla, Spain Museo Arqueológico 28/09/2007 "Los conciertos del Sueño"

References[edit]

  1. ^ es:Mine Kawakami
  2. ^ "Discópolis 8306 - Mine Kawakami - 18/06/13". A la carta Televisíon y Radio (in Spanish). RTVE. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mine Kawakami page". 
  4. ^ TV2 SPAIN. "Concert in Royal Theater of Madrid". 

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