AKS 2016 Featured Clinician: Maestro Ko Matsushita (Japan)
Topics by Maestro Ko Matsushita @ AKS 2016
Ko Matsushita will be the Chairman of the Jury for AKS Asian Choral Grand Prix and will also be conducting the Tokyo Ladies Consort SAYAKA at the AKS Closing Gala Concert on Saturday, 13 August 2016.
Composer and conductor born and raised in Tokyo. Matsushita graduated at the top of his class from the Kunitachi College of Music, Department of Composition, and went on to study chorus conducting under the late prof. Remenyi Janos, and prof. Erdei Peter in Budapest and Kecskemet (Kodaly institute), Hungary.
He is currently the conductor and artistic director of 14 choirs, which are often invited to perform in Japan, Europe, America, Canada, and Asia. They have also achieved excellent showings in the choral circuit and won awards in international competitions.
A prolific composer and arranger, Matsushita’s works are performed around the world. His compositions vary widely, ranging from works based on traditional Japanese music, Masses, motets, to etudes for choirs.
His works are published in Japan by Edition KAWAI, Ongaku no tomo sha Corp., Pana Musica, and overseas by Carus-Verlag Stuttgart (Germany), SULASOL (Finland), Annie Bank Edition (the Netherlands) Porfiri & Horvath Publishers (Germany) and Santa Barbara Music Publishing (USA) among others.
Besides conducting and composing, Matsushita is also an active workshop clinician and lecturer both within and outside Japan. In recent years, he has adjudicated at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging and Arts Presentation (Singapore), the Seghizzi International Choral Competition and Musica Sacra a Roma (Italy), the Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Choir Festival (Hong Kong), the Tolosa International Choral Competition (Spain) , the Florilege Vocal de Tours (France), the Bela Bartok International Choir Competition (Hungary), the Krakow International Choir Compitition (Poland), the Rimini International Choir Competition (Italy), the Busan Choral Festival Composition Competition (South Korea), the Musica Ficta International Competition for Choral Composition (Italy), the Japan International Choral Composition Competition (Japan) and so on.
Most recently, he is leading The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo and was invited to the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as a guest choir and a panelist for Composer’s speak out, as well as serve as a lecturer for reading session in February 2015.
He has been elected to the member of the artistic committee of the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona 2017.
In 2005, he became the first Asian to receive the “Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music” in recognition of his outstanding achievements worldwide in conducting, composing, performance, and education within the field of choral music.
He is currently the Artistic director of the Karuizawa International Choral Festival and Tokyo Choral Alliance KOYUKAI, a board member of the Tokyo Choral Association, as well as a member of the Japan Choral Directors Association, the International Kodaly Society, and a representative of the Workshop of the Choral Expression. He is also a member of Japan Composers & Arrangers Association and was guest conductor for Beijing University Mixed Choir (People’s Republic of China).